Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a stern person. The surname Staourne is derived from the Old English word styrne, which means severe, strict, uncompromising, and austere.
Early Origins of the Staourne family
Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Grendon from early times.
Early History of the Staourne family
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Staourne Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Staourne has appeared include Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.
Early Notables of the Staourne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Staourne family to Ireland
Some of the Staourne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Staourne family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Staourne arrived in North America very early: 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.
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