Stern Family History

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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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Stern Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Stern name?

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

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Stern Family Origin

Where is the Stern family from?

Stern Family Occupations

What did your Stern ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Merchant, General Merchant and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Stern. A less common occupation for the Stern family was Tailor. The most common Stern occupation in the UK was Merchant. 6% of Stern's were Merchants.

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  • Merchant

  • General Merchant

  • Labourer

  • Tailor


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

Stern Historical Records

What Stern family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Stern Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Stern 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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