Edelman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Edelman is 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. Numerous Jewish surnames are ornamental surnames, which are names that have an ornamental value and are not necessarily related to the localities, occupations, nicknames or given names of the first person who used the name. However, ornamental names were often derived from elements that described locations or features of geography, animals and birds, occupations or personal names. The surname Edelman is an Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental name, which comes from the Yiddish word eydl, and the German word, edel, which means noble.


United States Edelman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Edelman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Adam Edelman, who arrived in America in 1731 [1]
  • Anna Maria Edelman, aged 54, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Baltasar Edelman, aged 4, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • David Edelman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Anna Maria Edelman, age 54, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Edelman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Edelman, who landed in Mississippi in 1858 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edelman (post 1700) +

  • Edmund D. Edelman (1930-2016), American politician, member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1965 to 1974
  • Daniel Joseph "Dan" Edelman (1920-2013), American public relations executive, founder of Edelman, one of the world's largest public relations firms
  • Scott Edelman (b. 1955), American science fiction and fantasy writer and editor
  • Richard Winston Edelman (b. 1954), President and CEO of Edelman Public Relations
  • Randy Edelman (b. 1947), American music composer
  • Murray Edelman (1919-2001), American political scientist
  • Julian Edelman (b. 1986), American NFL player for the New England Patriots
  • Herbert "Herb" Edelman (1933-1996), American actor, two-time nominee for an Emmy Award, best remembered for his role in The Golden Girls
  • Eric S. Edelman (b. 1951), U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2005-)
  • Gregg Edelman (b. 1958), American movie, television and theatre actor
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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