Pat sternes; WA sg. sterne, pl. sternes, sternys, sternez
'stars'(Modern English starn, stern)
This n. can confidently be derived from ON, cp. OIcel stjarna 'star' < PGmc *sternōn (cp. Go staírno, MLG sterne, OHG (masc.) sterno, Ger Stern). Contrast OE steorra (and PDE star) and its WGmc cognates OFris stera, OHG sterro and MHG sterre, which derive from a parallel Gmc form *sterrōn.
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
(ONP stjarna (sb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far stjørna, Icel stjarna, Norw stjerna, Dan stjerne, Sw. stiärna
cp. steorra 'star'
Phonological and morphological markers
Attested in ME in the N and N/EM from Orrm onwards. N and Sc in MnE dial (EDD).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Pe 115; Pat 149; WA 28, 127, 282, etc.