Eisenman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prominent surname Eisenman 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 Eisenman. 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 Eisenman is an ornamental surname. This explanation comes from the fact that there are many compound names, such as Eisenstein, which means iron stone.

Eisenman Spelling Variations

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


United States Eisenman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eisenman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Georg Eisenman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768 [1]
Eisenman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nici Eisenman, aged 8, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eisenman (post 1700) +

  • Alvin Eisenman, American graphic designer and educator
  • Peter Eisenman (b. 1932), American architect
  • Robert Eisenman, American Biblical scholar, theoretical writer and historian


  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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