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Eisenstein History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the Eisenstein family



Eisenstein Spelling Variations


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

Contemporary Notables of the name Eisenstein (post 1700)


  • Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein (1898-1948), Russian film director

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