Eisenhower History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Eisenhower Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eisemann and others.

Contemporary Notables of the name Eisenhower (post 1700)

  • John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower (1922-2013), American diplomat, 45th U.S. Ambassador to Belgium (1969 to 1971), son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 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 [1]
  • Milton Stover Eisenhower, American educator and public official
  • Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (1896-1979), American First Lady, wife of President Eisenhower

Citations

  1. ^ World War 2 Awards.com - EISENHOWER, Dwight. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Dwight Eisenhower. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/34381
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