Meaning and name origin
Stirling \s-tirli-ng, st(ir)-ling\ as a boy's name is of English origin, and the meaning of Stirling is "genuine, of high quality". Stirling is a variant of Sterling (English): the word derives from an Old English term meaning "little star".
Stirling is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#13156 out of 88799, Top 15%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Stirling and its source form. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Sterling (#508). (2014 statistics).
Stirling is also pronounced similarly to Starling. Like Stirling, this name is not commonly used.