Stern Family History

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Stern Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German stern, German Stern ‘star’, a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a star, or a Jewish ornamental name. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe. In Slovenia it is commonly spelled Štern. English: nickname for a severe person, from Middle English stern(e) ‘strict’, ‘austere’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Stein, Star, Starr, Sterk, Stirn, Stark, Stier, Steen, Sporn, Steff

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Stern Family Origin

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Stern Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Stern. 63% of Stern men worked as a Farmer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Tailor
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Stern Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 129,000 census records available for the last name Stern. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stern census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 67,000 immigration records available for the last name Stern. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Stern. For the veterans among your Stern ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Stern Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Stern life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Stern in 1942 was 17, and 79 in 2004.

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