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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Bernstein. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Bernstein family.

Bernstein Early Origins



The surname Bernstein was first found in Prussia, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into numerous houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Bernstein Spelling Variations


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Bernstein Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Bernstein include Bernstein, Baerenstein, Baernstein, Barnestein, Barnstein, Bernsteine, Bernestein, Bernstien, Bernestien and many more.

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Bernstein Early History


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Bernstein Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bernstein research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1812 and 1884 are included under the topic Early Bernstein History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bernstein Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bernstein Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bernstein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bernstein were

Bernstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Bernstein arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Isaac Bernstein, who arrived in Texas in 1850
  • M Bernstein, aged 62, landed in New York, NY in 1851
  • Z Bernstein, aged 60, landed in New York, NY in 1851
  • Kusel Bernstein, who landed in America in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bernstein Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Max Bernstein, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1906
  • A H Bernstein, who landed in Mississippi in 1906

Bernstein Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Davis Bernstein, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bernstein (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bernstein (post 1700)



  • Nancy Bernstein (1960-2015), American visual effects producer, Head of Production at DreamWorks Animation
  • Sid Bernstein (1918-2013), American music producer and promoter who brought The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, The Moody Blues, and The Kinks to America
  • Jake Bernstein, American co-winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
  • Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was the first conductor born and educated in the United States of America to receive world-wide acclaim
  • Carl Bernstein (b. 1944), American journalist
  • Eduard Bernstein (1850-1932), German politician and writer, who was a member of the Social Democratic party
  • Henry Bernstein (1876-1953), French dramatist

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Bernstein Historic Events


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Bernstein Historic Events




Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Michael Stuart Bernstein (1952-1988), American Lawyer (Us Dept. Of Justice) Officer Of Special Investigation from Bethesda, Maryland, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Suggested Readings for the name Bernstein


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Suggested Readings for the name Bernstein



  • Family Matters, Sam, Jennie, and the Kids by Burton Bernstein.
  • It Began with Zade Usher: The History and Record of the Families Bernstein-Loyev/Lewis-Mazur by Yaffa Draznin.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Bernstein Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bernstein 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 September 2015 at 08:42.

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