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Stern Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German stern, German Stern ‘star’, a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a star, or a Jewish ornamental name. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe. In Slovenia it is commonly spelled Štern. English: nickname for a severe person, from Middle English stern(e) ‘strict’, ‘austere’.

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


Similar surnames: Stein, Star, Starr, Sterk, Stirn, Stark, Stier, Steen, Sporn, Steff

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Where is the Stern family from?

You can see how Stern families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stern family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stern families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 33 Stern families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Stern's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Stern families in 1840.
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What did your Stern ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Stern. 16% of Stern men worked as a Salesman and 8% of Stern women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stern were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
    16%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Farmer
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Bookkeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 129,000 census records available for the last name Stern. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stern census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 67,000 immigration records available for the last name Stern. 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 Cards

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Stern. For the veterans among your Stern ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stern lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Stern life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Stern in 1942 was 17, and 79 in 2004.

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