The celebrated phrase "Sturm und Drang" is German. I know the pronunciation of the German noun "Sturm".

But, I would like to pronounce the French name "Sturm" of "Jacques Charles François Sturm".

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    $\begingroup$ Probably the same; the border shifted a few times and the people weren't nailed down either. $\endgroup$
    – Joffan
    Jan 13, 2015 at 0:35
  • $\begingroup$ man the guy is not here to tell you how to say his name. $\endgroup$
    – abel
    Jan 13, 2015 at 0:53
  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean how to pronounce it in English? Names in other languages are not always pronounced in English the same way they are originally (just think about how Paris is pronounced). For instance, I've often heard Navier in English pronounced as Nay-veer or Nah-vee-err (see vimeo.com/18185364), which is not like French. In English the name Chebyshev is not pronounced like it is in Russian (where the stress belongs on the final syllable). $\endgroup$
    – KCd
    Jan 13, 2015 at 0:54
  • $\begingroup$ It depends in what language you want to pronounce it. In French, a German origin name would be pronounced in the French style. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2015 at 3:25
  • $\begingroup$ For what it’s worth, the Russian spelling in Russian Wikipedia is Жак Шарль Франсуа Штурм, implying a German pronunciation of the surname. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2015 at 15:32

3 Answers 3


Wikipedia says that "his family had emigrated from Strasbourg around 1760". So, Sturm is probably a name of German origin and is pronounced as in German.

  • $\begingroup$ The name is certainly German, but it seems his mother tongue was French: "in order to learn German, he attended the local Lutheran church where sermons were preached in that language". $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2015 at 0:40
  • $\begingroup$ And in Strasbourg, the family might well have spoken the Alsatian dialect rather than standard German. I don't know whether their pronunciation of "Sturm" would differ from standard German. $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2015 at 0:44
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    $\begingroup$ Seems to be the inverse problem to how to pronounce the name of the German mathematician Lejeune Dirichlet. $\endgroup$
    – Lubin
    Jan 13, 2015 at 2:02

I don't quite agree: Strasbourg and Alsace were part of France since the end of the 17th century. Of course it's an Alsatian name, hence from a German dialect. However, Sturm is a French mathematician, born in Geneva in 1803, and in French I always heard stuʁm.


Like others have said, the name is likely pronounced the German way. If you still want the French pronunciation, though, it is s̪t̪yʁm using IPA phonetics.


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