Steer Family History
Steer Name Meaning
English and German: from Middle English ster(e) Middle Low German stēr ‘young bull or ox steer bullock’ hence a nickname for a truculent person or perhaps a heavily built person or a metonymic occupational name for someone who was responsible for tending cattle. English: nickname from Middle English stere ‘strong stout’ (Old English stere). English: occupational name from Middle English stere ‘steersman helmsman’ (Old English steora). Compare Stearman . South German: from Middle High German ster ‘ram’ probably a nickname for a hard-nosed stubborn person.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press