Sturman Family History
Sturman Name Meaning
English: from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Sturmin probably a diminutive in -in of the Middle English personal name Sturmi from Middle English stormi ‘stormy’ (Old French estormi) denoting a stormy temperament. Compare Storm . English: variant of Stearman 1 in which the main vowel of Middle English ster(e)man stir(e)man has shortened giving rise in the 17th century to the modern pronunciation variously spelled -er- -ir- and -ur-. In some cases the name may arise from the Middle English personal name Stireman Stereman (Old Norse Stȳreman originally a nickname from the Old Danish word for a helmsman or skipper); see Stearman Americanized form of North German Sturmann or Stuhrmann and of Dutch Stuurman: occupational name for a helmsman from Middle Low German stūren ‘to steer’ + man ‘man’. Slovenian Croatian Czech and Slovak (Šturman): nickname from šturm an (obsolete) word meaning ‘storm’ also ‘uproar’ (see Sturm ) + the suffix -man ‘man’ both of German origin. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): possibly an artificial name from Polish szturman ‘mate (of a ship)’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press