What does Sterling mean?
Sterling /ster-ling/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' 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.
How popular is Sterling?
Sterling is a very popular first name for men (#540 out of 1220, Top 44%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#1333 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Sterling for boys. Sterling reached its top position of #388 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is presently at #508. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Sterling▲ is pronounced similarly to Starling. This name tends to be less frequently used than Sterling.