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Boy Name: Sterling

Name: Sterling
Pronunciation: \s-terli-ng, st(er)-ling\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: genuine, of high quality
Origin: English
Sounds Like: Starling, Sutherland
Variant forms: Sterlyn, Stirling
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 540
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 1260


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.

Baby names that sound like Sterling are Starling and Sutherland.


Sterling is a very popular first name for men (#540 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#1260 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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