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20 June 2011

Stern – One Family, Many Arms

On Saturday 18th June I went back to my old school, Lord Wandsworth’s College, for the first time in 30 or so years. In addition to doing all the “old boy” type things, I managed to take a couple of pictures of the founder’s Arms:

Sydney James Stern, Baron Wandsworth

Arms: Or on a pile Sable a lion rampant of the first a chief Gules thereon two horse’s heads erased Argent.

Crest: A lion passant proper gorged with a collar flory counterflory Gules resting the dexter forepaw on an escutcheon of the last charged with a horse’s head erased Argent.

Supporters: On either side a horse Argent gorged with a collar flory counterflory and charged on the shoulder an estoile within an annulet all Gules.

Motto: Vincit perseverantia

The Arms and supporters were granted in 1895 by the College of Arms (Vol LXVIII fol. 295;

Supporters fol. 297). Lord Wandsworth died in 1912 without issue and the title became extinct.

Whilst looking through Fox-Davies’ Armorial Families I found that Lord Wandsworth had a brother, Sir Edward Stern, who used different Arms. Fox-Davies also recorded a number of other Stern Arms with various differences which prompted me to delve a bit further into the family tree:

  1. Jacob Stern
    1. Wolf J. Stern (b.1801 d.1854)
    2. Abraham Jacob Stern (b.1805 d.1885)
    3. Julius Stern (b.1807 d.1852)
      1. James Julius Stern (b.1835 d.1901)
        1. Henry Julius Joseph Stern (b.1873)
          1. James Andrew Stern (b.1904)
          2. Reginald Hubert Stern (b.1906)
          3. Peter Francis Stern (1915)
        2. Sir Albert Gerald Stern (b.1878)
          1. John Frederick Albert Stern (b.1926)
          2. David Gerald Stern (b.1927)
        3. Frederick Claude Stern (b.1884)
    4. David Stern, 1st Viscount de Stern [Portugal](b.1808 d.1877)
      1. Sydney James Stern, 1st Baron Wandsworth, 2nd Viscount de Stern (b.1845 d.1912)
      2. Sir Edward David Stern Bt (b.1854)
    5. Siegmund Jacob Stern (b.1809 d.1872)
    6. Leopold Stern (b.1810 d. 1846)
    7. Hermann Stern, 1st Baron de Stern [Portugal] (b.1815 d.1887)
      1. Sir Herbert Stern, 1st Baron Michelham, 2nd Baron de Stern (b.1851 d.1919)
        1. Sir Hermann Alfred Stern. 2nd Baron Michelham, 3rd Baron de Stern (b.1899)
        2. Jack Herbert Stern (b.1903)
    8. Salomon Stern (b. 1818)

Originally from Germany at least three Stern brothers seem to have come to England, two via Portugal with titles of nobility.

The other Stern Arms listed by Fox-Davies:

Sir Edward David Stern Bt

Arms: Or on a bend between two escutcheons Gules each charged with a plate three estoiles of the field.

Crest: In front of a demi-unicorn Gules armed crined and unguled Or an escutcheon also Gules charged with a plate.

Motto: Carpe Diem

College of Arms 1904?

Herbert Stern, Baron Michelham

Arms: Or on a bend indented Gules three estoiles of six points of the field.

Crest: A demi-unicorn Gules armed crined and unguled Or.

Supporters: On either side a unicorn Gules armed crined unguled and charged on the shoulder with a crescent Or.

Motto: Vincit perseverantia.

Portugal 1864 and recorded at the College of Arms.

James Julius Stern

Arm: Or on a bend engrailed Gules three estoiles of the field in the sinister chief a demi-unicorn erased of the second.

Crest: A demi-unicorn as in the arms holding between the paws an estoile Or.

Motto: Vincit perseverantia.

College of Arms 1907

Lt-Col Sir Albert Gerald Stern

Arms: Or on a bend engrailed Gules three estoiles of the field in the sinister chief a demi-unicorn erased of the second and in base a lily Azure and a rose Gules stalked and leaved Vert enfiled with a circlet Azure.

Crest: A demi-unicorn as in the arms holding between the paws an estoile Or.

Badge: A demi-unicorn erased argent semee of roses Gules and lilies Azure holding between the paws an estoile Or.

Motto: Vincit perseverantia.

College of Arms 1907 & 1928

I have looked to see if this Stern family were armigerous before going to Portugal or the UK.  I’ve not yet found anything but I did see a possible “template” for their Arms in Reitstap:

Stern – Germany

Arms: [Per pale] 1st Or a griffin Sable 2nd Argent on a bend Gules three estoiles Or.

I understand that in the German heraldic tradition it is not uncommon to have Arms displayed as impaled rather than quartered.

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