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Where did the Jewish Aronoff family come from? What is the Jewish Aronoff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Aronoff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Aronoff family history?

The surname Aronoff is derived from a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Aronoff is a patronymic surname, which comes from the Hebrew given name Aharon. Traditionally, this surname is believed to have derived from the Hebrew word har-on, which means mountain of strength.

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Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aronoff or a variant listed above:

Aronoff Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Hyman Aronoff, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • Annie Aronoff, aged 23, who settled in America from Bekoff, Russia, in 1913
  • Basie Aronoff, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States from Homel, Russia, in 1922
  • Fanie Aronoff, aged 58, who landed in America from Homel, Russia, in 1922
  • Braina Aronoff, aged 21, who landed in America from Rogacheff, Russia, in 1923


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  • Kenny Aronoff (b. 1953), American drummer
  • Stanley J. Aronoff (b. 1932), American politician of the Republican party


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The Aronoff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aronoff Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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