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

The prominent surname Eisenhower is a proud symbol of Jewish heritage. 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. There are three possible derivations of the surname Eisenhower. In the first case, it may be a metonymic occupational name for an ironworker or smith, derived from the Yiddish word ayzn, and the German word eisen, which means iron. Another interpretation suggests that this surname is of patronymic origin, and derived from the surname Isaac. A third alternative suggests that the surname Eisenhower is an ornamental surname. This explanation comes from the fact that there are many compound names, such as Eisenstein, which means iron stone.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Eisemann and others.
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  • President Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969), American WW II General awarded the Croix de Guerre, who became the 34th President of the USA from 1953 to 1961
  • Milton Stover Eisenhower, American educator and public official
  • John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (1922-2013), American diplomat, 45th U.S. Ambassador to Belgium (1969 to 1971), son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (1896-1979), American First Lady, wife of President Eisenhower


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The Eisenhower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eisenhower 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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