The origins of the Stairnes surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a stern person. The surname Stairnes is derived from the Old English word styrne,
which means severe, strict, uncompromising,
Early Origins of the Stairnes family
The surname Stairnes 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 Stairnes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stairnes research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1607, 1596, 1683, 1660, 1664 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Stairnes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Stairnes Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Stairnes has been spelled many different ways, including Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.
Early Notables of the Stairnes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stairnes family to Ireland
Some of the Stairnes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Stairnes family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Stairness to arrive in North America: 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.