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Origin: Yiddish, English, Greek, Latin

Meaning: a Yiddish feminine name meaning "star" from Yiddish shtern, though it's also been used as the Yiddish form of Esther, a Persian name possibly meaning "star" or a form of Ishtar, of unknown meaning.

Sterna is also the name of a genus of terns, a type of seabird, from Old English stearn possibly from the English word stern meaning "firm, strict, uncompromising".

Sterna is also a Greek and Latin word, the plural form of sternum, meaning "chest" or "breastbone", referring to a long, flat vertical bone situated in front of the thorax, serving as a support for the collarbone and the ribs.