The ancient history of the name Stairn dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a stern person. The surname Stairn is derived from the Old English word styrne,
which means severe, strict, uncompromising,
Early Origins of the Stairn family
The surname Stairn was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Grendon from early times.
Early History of the Stairn family
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Stairn 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 Stairn include Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.
Early Notables of the Stairn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stairn family to Ireland
Some of the Stairn family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Stairn 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 Stairn or a variant listed above: Abigail and Mary Stearns settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Isaac Stearns, his wife Mary, his son and four daughters settled in Massachusetts in 1630.