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 starlingMiddle English from Old English stærlinc stær starling -linc noun suff. ; see -ling 1.
Origin of starlingPerhaps alteration of Middle English stadelinge from stathel foundation from Old English stathol ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
From Old English stÃ¦rlinc, from stÃ¦r (“starling") + -linc (“dimunitive suffix")