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Stern Surname Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German stern German Stern ‘star’ a topographic or habitational name referring to a house or inn distinguished by the sign of a star or a Jewish artificial name. It is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Sweden and in some other European countries (compare 3 below). English: nickname from Middle English stern(e) stirn(e) stiarne ‘severe strict cruel; strong powerful’. Slovenian and Croatian (Štern): of German origin (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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

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Where is the Stern family from?

You can see how Stern families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stern family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stern families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 38 Stern families living in Quebec. This was about 35% of all the recorded Stern's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Stern families in 1911.
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What did your Stern ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Stern. 63% of Stern men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Stern women worked as a Clerk. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    63%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Tailor
    6%
  • Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Clerk
    100%
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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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What is the average Stern lifespan?

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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