Origin of starlingMiddle English ; from Old English stærlinc, diminutive of stær, starling ; from Indo-European an unverified form stor(n)os, starling, bird with similar cry from source Classical Latin sturnus
Origin of starlingPerhaps alteration of Middle English stadelinge, from stathel, foundation, from Old English stathol; see sta- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of starlingMiddle English, from Old English stærlinc : stær, starling + -linc, noun suff.; see –ling1.
From Old English stÃ¦rlinc, from stÃ¦r (“starling") + -linc (“dimunitive suffix")