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

Stearns Early Origins



The surname Stearns 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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Stearns Spelling Variations


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Stearns Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Stearns were recorded, including Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.

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Stearns Early History


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Stearns Early History



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

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Stearns Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stearns Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Stearns In Ireland


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Stearns In Ireland



Some of the Stearns 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Stearns family emigrate to North America:

Stearns Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • 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
  • Isaac Stearns, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Charles Stearns settled in New England in 1640
  • Charles Stearns, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1646
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Stearns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G H Stearns, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • M S Stearns, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mr. Stearns, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Stearns Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Stearns, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Stearns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frank Stearns arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stearns (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stearns (post 1700)



  • Monteagle "Monty" Stearns (1924-2016), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Ivory Coast (1976-1979), United States Ambassador to Greece (1981-1985)
  • Robert Stearns, American co-founder of Bear Stearns, a global investment bank and securities trading and brokerage in 1923
  • Michael Stearns (b. 1948), American musician and composer of ambient music
  • Richard Edwin Stearns (b. 1936), American computer scientist, co-recipient of the 1993 ACM Turing Award
  • Frank Ballou Stearns (1879-1955), American founder of F. B. Stearns and Company, a manufacturer of luxury cars in Cleveland
  • Edward Carl Stearns (1856-1929), American founder of E. C. Stearns & Company, Stearns Automobile Company, Stearns Steam Carriage Company, Stearns Typewriter Company and E. C. Stearns Bicycle Agency
  • Foster Waterman Stearns (1881-1956), American politician, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire
  • John Stearns (b. 1951), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Onslow Stearns (1810-1878), American railroad builder and executive
  • Charlotte Champe Stearns (1843-1929), American social worker, a poet and the mother of T. S. Eliot
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. 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).
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

    The Stearns Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stearns 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.

    This page was last modified on 26 November 2016 at 21:02.

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