Stern Family History
Stern Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German stern German Stern ‘star’ a topographic or habitational name referring to a house or inn distinguished by the sign of a star or a Jewish artificial name. It is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Sweden and in some other European countries (compare 3 below). English: nickname from Middle English stern(e) stirn(e) stiarne ‘severe strict cruel; strong powerful’. Slovenian and Croatian (Štern): of German origin (see 1 above).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022