Show ContentsStarnes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Starnes. It was given to a stern person. The surname Starnes is derived from the Old English word styrne, which means severe, strict, uncompromising, and austere.

Early Origins of the Starnes family

The surname Starnes 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 Starnes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Starnes research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1607, 1596, 1683, 1660, 1664, 1683, 1642, 1642, 1713, 1768, 1759, 1624, 1669, 1624, 1660, 1745, 1624, 1669, 1700 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Starnes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Starnes 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 Starnes has appeared include Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.

Early Notables of the Starnes family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Sterne, Bishop of Colchester in 1592 and held the post until his death in 1607; and Richard Sterne (c. 1596-1683), English Church of England priest, Bishop of Carlisle in 1660, Archbishop of York from 1664 to 1683. He was the alleged author of the 'Whole Duty of Man.' [1] "On the outbreak of the civil war, Sterne zealously adopted the royalist cause, and in August 1642 he arranged for the despatch of large quantities of college plate to the king. Cromwell, however, who, as one of the burgesses of Cambridge, was engaged...
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Starnes Ranking

In the United States, the name Starnes is the 1,844th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Starnes family to Ireland

Some of the Starnes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Starnes migration to the United States +

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 Starnes arrived in North America very early:

Starnes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nathan Starnes, aged 30, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 [3]
Starnes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Carlos Eliseo Starnes, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Thomas Starnes, aged 50, who landed in America from Plymouth, in 1905
  • Mrs. P.M. Starnes, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Patrick M. Starnes, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Pleasant M. Starnes, aged 48, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
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Canada Starnes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Starnes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Nathaniel Starnes U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
Starnes Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Gladys Starnes, aged 24, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • James R. Starnes, aged 28, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Starnes (post 1700) +

  • Joe Starnes (1895-1962), American politician, U.S. Representative from Alabama
  • Ian Starnes, American football player
  • Edgar Vance Starnes, American Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Henry Starnes (1816-1896), Canadian businessman and political figure in Quebec
  • Cortlandt Starnes (1864-1934), 7th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Colin J. Starnes, Canadian professor and author, former President of the University of King's College, Nova Scotia
  • Kalib Axel Starnes (b. 1975), Canadian former professional mixed martial artist

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook