The ancestors of the Stairne family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Stairne was a name given to a stern person. The surname Stairne is derived from the Old English word styrne,
which means severe, strict, uncompromising,
Early Origins of the Stairne family
The surname Stairne 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 Stairne family
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Stairne Spelling Variations
Stairne has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Stairne have been found, including Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.
Early Notables of the Stairne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stairne family to Ireland
Some of the Stairne family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Stairne family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Stairnes to arrive on North American shores: 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.