The name Sterba is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Sterba was a name used for a person whose personality or appearance called to mind a star.
Sterba is a nickname
, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Sterba comes from the Old English words sterre,
which mean star, and would have been given to someone with a bright personality.
This word was also used to refer to a white patch of hair on the forehead of a horse, an so, it may have been transferred to refer to someone with a streak of white hair.
Early Origins of the Sterba family
The surname Sterba was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times in the village of Longbridge Deverill at Glastonbury. It is said that King Alfred, King of the west Saxons
, camped the night in the Deverill valley before defeating the Danes at the Battle of Ethandune in 878.
Early History of the Sterba family
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Sterba Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Sterba include Starr, Star, Starre, Ster, Sterr and others.
Early Notables of the Sterba family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sterba family to Ireland
Some of the Sterba family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sterba family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Sterba were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Sterba Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francisca Sterba, aged 51, who emigrated to America, in 1892
- Jakob Sterba, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1892
- Anna Sterba, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1894
- Franz Sterba, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1894
- Franziska Sterba, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
The Sterba Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vive en espoir
Motto Translation: Live in hope