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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 7/20/2017
A notable surname used by an ancient Swedish noble family from Småland dating back to the 13th century. The name itself may mean "the ox's forehead", from the Swedish oxen, a cognate to the English plural of 'ox', and stierna, which may mean forehead, even though the modern word is panna. Stierna could also be connected to stjärna, meaning star. A famous bearer is Axel Oxenstierna (1583-1654), a famous Swedish statesman and confidant of Gustavus Adolphus.