The name Steerns has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a stern person. The surname Steerns is derived from the Old English word styrne,
which means severe, strict, uncompromising,
Early Origins of the Steerns family
The surname Steerns 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 Steerns family
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Steerns Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Steerns have been found, including Sterne, Stern, Stearn, Stearns and others.
Early Notables of the Steerns family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Steerns family to Ireland
Some of the Steerns family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Steerns family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Steerns, or a variant listed above: 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.