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The Starn surname is derived from the Middle High German word "stern," meaning "star."

Starn Early Origins



The surname Starn was first found in the regions of Hannover and Mecklenburg, where the name Stern was anciently associated with the conflicts between rival tribes. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of this early period in history, using their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their support was sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Starn Spelling Variations


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Starn Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Stern, Stearn, Sturn, Sterne, Sturne, Stirn, Styrne, Stearne, Stirne and many more.

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Starn Early History


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Starn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Starn research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1645 is included under the topic Early Starn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Starn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Starn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Starn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Starn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Josef Starn, aged 59, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Werkendam" from Rotterdam via Boulogne [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXMX-3MG : 6 December 2014), Josef Starn, 01 May 1894; citing departure port Rotterdam via Boulogne, arrival port New York, ship name Werkendam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Dirk J. Starn, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Werkendam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXQ9-YNY : 6 December 2014), Dirk J. Starn, 21 Jan 1896; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Werkendam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Starn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Starn (post 1700)



  • Orin Starn, American Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History and Chair of the Cultural Anthropology Department at Duke University

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