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What does Sterling mean?

Sterling \s-terli-ng, st(er)-ling\ 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.


Variations

Sterling has 2 variants: Sterlyn and Stirling.


Popularity

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. during 1890-1899, and is presently at #508. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sterling outside U.S.


Similar Names

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

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