Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: from a reduced form of the personal name
- North German, Dutch, and Scandinavian: from
sten ‘stone’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on
stony ground, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked
with stone: a quarryman, stonecutter, or stonemason. The Swedish
surname probably originated as a soldier’s name.
- Swedish: from the personal name Sten.
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