Starr Family History

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Starr Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English sterre, starre ‘star’. The word was also used in a transferred sense of a patch of white hair on the forehead of a horse, and so perhaps the name denoted someone with a streak of white hair. It is possibly also a habitational name, for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a star. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Star 1 and 3.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Star, Sparr, Stare, Start, Stark, Stair, Torr, Tarr, Stahr, Stier

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Starr Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Starr name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Starr. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Starr Family Origin

Where is the Starr family from?

Starr Family Occupations

What did your Starr ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Starr occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Starr's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Starr family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Starr.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Starr ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Starr Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 172,000 census records available for the last name Starr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Starr census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Starr. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 37,000 military records available for the last name Starr. For the veterans among your Starr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Starr Life Expectancy

What is the average Starr lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Starr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Starr in 1943 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Starr ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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