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Sturman Name Meaning

English: from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Sturmin probably a diminutive in -in of the Middle English personal name Sturmi from Middle English stormi ‘stormy’ (Old French estormi) denoting a stormy temperament. Compare Storm . English: variant of Stearman 1 in which the main vowel of Middle English ster(e)man stir(e)man has shortened giving rise in the 17th century to the modern pronunciation variously spelled -er- -ir- and -ur-. In some cases the name may arise from the Middle English personal name Stireman Stereman (Old Norse Stȳreman originally a nickname from the Old Danish word for a helmsman or skipper); see Stearman Americanized form of North German Sturmann or Stuhrmann and of Dutch Stuurman: occupational name for a helmsman from Middle Low German stūren ‘to steer’ + man ‘man’. Slovenian Croatian Czech and Slovak (Šturman): nickname from šturm an (obsolete) word meaning ‘storm’ also ‘uproar’ (see Sturm ) + the suffix -man ‘man’ both of German origin. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): possibly an artificial name from Polish szturman ‘mate (of a ship)’.

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


Similar surnames: Thurman, Turman, Sturm, Furman, Kurman, Steerman, Saurman, Sterman

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Where is the Sturman family from?

You can see how Sturman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sturman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sturman families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Sturman families living in Kentucky. This was about 50% of all the recorded Sturman's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Sturman families in 1840.
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What did your Sturman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sturman. 17% of Sturman men worked as a Laborer and 35% of Sturman women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sturman were Proprietor and Clerk. .

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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
    17%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    35%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Sturman. For the veterans among your Sturman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sturman lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Sturman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Sturman in 1949 was 48, and 73 in 2004.

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