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The surname Epstein was first found in Hesse-Nassau, now Wiesbaden, until 1866 a sovereign duchy, is now part of Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname Eppstein was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eppstein, Epstein, Erpstein, Ippstein and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Epstein research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1522 and 1535 are included under the topic Early Epstein History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Epstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Sussmann Epstein, who came to New York in 1848 with his relatives Caroline and Barbara Epstein
  • G Epstein, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Joseph Epstein, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1853
  • Margaretha Philippine Epstein, who arrived in America in 1857
  • Philip Epstein, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1858


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  • Hedy Epstein (1924-2016), German-born, Jewish-American political activist and Holocaust survivor
  • Robert Epstein Ph.D. (b. 1953), American psychologist, professor, author, and journalist
  • Howard Norman "Howie" Epstein (1955-2003), American bassist, best known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Philip G Epstein (1909-1952), American screen writer in Hollywood
  • Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), American-born British sculptor who is noted for his busts and his massive, controversial works, such as the marble Venus (1917)
  • Fred J. Epstein (1937-2006), American internationally renowned pediatric neurosurgeon
  • Julius J. Epstein (1909-2000), Oscar-winning American screenwriter
  • Samuel Epstein (1919-2001), Canadian-American geochemist
  • Brian Samuel Epstein (1934-1967), English music entrepreneur, and the manager of The Beatles
  • Jacob Lee Epstein (b. 1987), Canadian actor

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