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Recorded as Starr, Starre, Sterre, Sturre, and the patronymics Starrs, this is an ancient English surname. It derives from the Olde English pre 7th century word "steorra", and means a star. The word was often used as a nickname in the transferred sense of a patch of white hair on the forehead of a horse, and hence was given to a man with a streak of white hair. In some instances, the surname may also originate from a house or inn, distinguished by the sign of a star in the days before numbers. Finally, the surname may have developed from "Sterre", again meaning star, but used as a personal name, and recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086.

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