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Meaning and name origin

Sterling \s-terli-ng, st(er)-ling\ as a boy's name is pronounced STER-ling. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Sterling is "genuine, of high quality". The word derives from an Old English term meaning "little star". Also variant of a name meaning "easterner" given to pre-medieval refiners of silver. Familiar as a given name in the 1950s-1960s due to actor Sterling Hayden. Race-car driver Stirling Moss; sports commentator Sterling Sharpe.

Sterling has 2 variant forms: Sterlyn and Stirling.


Sterling is a very popular first name for males (#540 out of 1220, Top 44%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1260 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

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Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sterling name in U.S.

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Similar Names

Sterling is also pronounced similarly to Starling. This name tends to be less commonly used than Sterling.


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