Boy name origins & meanings
- Middle English : Serious-minded
Family name origins & meanings
- German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from Middle High Germanstern, German Stern ‘star’, a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a star, or a Jewish ornamental name.
- English : nickname for a severe person, from Middle English stern(e) ‘strict’, ‘austere’.