The name Sterk comes from a name for a person who is firm, or resolute. Sterk is a nickname
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Sterk comes from the Old English word stark,
which means firm, and was given to someone who was powerful or resolute. This family was established in Suffolk
since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Sterk family
The surname Sterk was first found in Suffolk
, where the Sterk family held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Sterk family
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Sterk Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sterk include Stark, Starck, Starke, Starckman, Sterke, Sterk, Starkey, Starkie and many more.
Early Notables of the Sterk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sterk family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sterk or a variant listed above:
Sterk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johann Sterk, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Este Sterk, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1895
- Anna Sterk, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1896
- Georg Sterk, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1897
Sterk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Sterk, aged 26, who emigrated to America, in 1918
- Fred Sterk, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
Contemporary Notables of the name Sterk (post 1700)
- Maria Sterk (b. 1979), Dutch marathon speed skater
- Willemina Roziena Catharina "Mirjam" Sterk (b. 1973), Dutch politician
- Jane Sterk, Canadian politician, leader of the Green Party of British Columbia
- Károly Sterk (1881-1946), Hungarian chess master
The Sterk Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortiorum fortia facta
Motto Translation: The brave deeds of brave men.