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Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsStarr

Meaning & History

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.
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’.
English translation of German and Jewish Stern.
Slovenian: from the adjective star ‘old’ (see Stare).
Added 1/17/2016 by cutenose
Edited 1/17/2016 by LMS