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The Anglo-Saxon name Stearn comes from its first bearer, who was a stern person. The surname Stearn is derived from the Old English word styrne, which means severe, strict, uncompromising, and austere.

Stearn Early Origins



The surname Stearn was first found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Grendon from early times.

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Stearn Spelling Variations


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Stearn 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. Stearn has been spelled many different ways, including Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.

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Stearn Early History


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Stearn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stearn 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 Stearn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stearn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stearn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stearn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Stearn In Ireland


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Stearn In Ireland



Some of the Stearn 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Stearns to arrive in North America:

Stearn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Stearn settled in America in 1748

Stearn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W Stearn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Stearn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Stearn, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • Jessie Stearn, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • William Stearn, aged 53, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Robert Stearn, aged 28, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • William Snowling Stearn, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stearn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stearn (post 1700)



  • Jess Stearn (1914-2002), American journalist and author of more than thirty books
  • William Thomas Stearn CBE (1911-2001), British botanist, recipient of the Asa Gray Award in 2000

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Stearn Historic Events


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Stearn Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Alexander W Stearn (b. 1964), American Private 1st Class from Lutherville, Maryland, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Suggested Readings for the name Stearn


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Suggested Readings for the name Stearn



  • From the Puritan Migration to the Ohio River and Indiana by Frances Kutchback Eisan.

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Stearn Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Stearn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stearn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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