Last name origins & meanings:

  1. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.
  2. Dutch: nickname either for a gloomy person or for someone who was rigid and inflexible, from Middle Dutch staer ‘having a troubled or gloomy expression’; ‘tight’, ‘stiff’.
  3. English translation of German and Jewish Stern.
  4. Slovenian: from the adjective star ‘old’ (see Stare).
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