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Origins Available: German, Jewish

Where did the German Epstein family come from? When did the Epstein family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Epstein family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Eppstein, Epstein, Erpstein, Ippstein and others.

First found in Hesse-Nassau, now Wiesbaden, until 1866 a sovereign duchy, is now part of Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname Eppstein was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Epstein research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1522 and 1535 are included under the topic Early Epstein History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Epstein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Epstein Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Sussmann Epstein, who came to New York in 1848 with his relatives Caroline and Barbara Epstein
  • G Epstein, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Joseph Epstein, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1853
  • Margaretha Philippine Epstein, who arrived in America in 1857
  • Philip Epstein, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1858


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  • Fred J. Epstein (1937-2006), American internationally renowned pediatric neurosurgeon
  • Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), American-born British sculptor who is noted for his busts and his massive, controversial works, such as the marble Venus (1917)
  • Philip G Epstein (1909-1952), American screen writer in Hollywood
  • Julius J. Epstein (1909-2000), Oscar-winning American screenwriter
  • Howard Norman "Howie" Epstein (1955-2003), American bassist, best known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Robert Epstein Ph.D. (b. 1953), American psychologist, professor, author, and journalist
  • David B A Epstein (b. 1937), English mathematician
  • Jacob Lee Epstein (b. 1987), Canadian actor
  • Brian Samuel Epstein (1934-1967), English music entrepreneur, and the manager of The Beatles
  • Samuel Epstein (1919-2001), Canadian-American geochemist


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  4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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