The Welsh and English surname Starr is of patronymic origin meaning so of, or descendant of Starr. The personal name Starr 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. The first recorded reference to the name is in 1086 when Leuenot Sterre is recorded in The Domesday Book of Derbyshire. An example of an early recording from a surviving church register is that of Edward Starr. He married Joice Beddam on November 9th 1572, at St. Margaret Lothbury, in the city of London. A coat of arms associated with the surname has the blazon of a blue shield, charged with a pair of gold scales, within an orle of eight gold stars.
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