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Sterner Family History

Sterner Name Meaning

German: habitational name for someone from a place or house called Stern . Compare Starner .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Stebner, Steiner, Sterle, Stenner, Berner, Gerner, Lerner, Sternberg

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Where is the Sterner family from?

You can see how Sterner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sterner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sterner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 54 Sterner families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 93% of all the recorded Sterner's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sterner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sterner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sterner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sterner. 16% of Sterner men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Sterner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sterner were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Seamstress
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Sterner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sterner 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Sterner. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Sterner. For the veterans among your Sterner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sterner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sterner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Sterner in 1940 was 54, and 78 in 2004.

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