Steern is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a stern person. The surname Steern is derived from the Old English word styrne,
which means severe, strict, uncompromising,
Early Origins of the Steern family
The surname Steern 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 Steern family
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Steern 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 Steern were recorded, including Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.
Early Notables of the Steern family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Steern family to Ireland
Some of the Steern family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Steern family to the New World and Oceana
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 Steern family emigrate to North America: 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.