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Origins Available: German
The prominent surname Eisen 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 Eisen. 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 Eisen is an ornamental surname. This explanation comes from the fact that there are many compound names, such as Eisenstein, which means iron stone. Spelling variations
of this family name include: Eisemann and others.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Eisen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Theodore Eisen, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Nicolas Eisen settled in Texas in 1854
- Abrah Eisen, aged 17, who landed in America from Hamburg, in 1892
Eisen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Albert Wm Eisen, aged 23, who settled in America from Denmark, in 1905
- Anna Eisen, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1905
- Annie Eisen, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Abrah. Jude Eisen, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Minsk, Russia, in 1906
- Leon Eisen, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
- Zachary Tyler "Zach" Eisen (b. 1993), American actor and voice actor
- Norman L. Eisen (b. 1960), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic
- Arnold M. Eisen Ph. D. (b. 1951), American Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City
- Richard Eisen (b. 1969), American television journalist
- Cliff Eisen (b. 1952), Canadian musicologist
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The Eisen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eisen 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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