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Origins Available: German, Jewish


The name Finkel is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. 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. As a Jewish surname, the name Finkel derives from a variety of sources. It is thought to have been an occupational name, deriving from the German word finch, which referred to the bird, and would have been given to someone who raised or sold finches. Another possible origin is from the female given name Finkle, which was a popular name in medieval Germany. It could also be an ornamental surname deriving from the Old German word finkelstein, which means diamond. Lastly, the name could be derived from the Yiddish word funk, which meant spark. The word funkenstein translates as sparkle stone, or diamond.

Finkel Early Origins




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Finkel Spelling Variations


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Finkel Spelling Variations



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Finkel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philipp Finkel, who landed in New York in 1709

Finkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Finkel, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finkel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finkel (post 1700)



  • Philip "Fyvush" Finkel (1922-2016), American Emmy Award nominated actor, best known for his role as lawyer Douglas Wambaugh on the television series Picket Fences
  • Maurice Herman Finkel (1888-1949), American architect and Yiddish theater actor
  • Raphael Finkel (b. 1951), American computer scientist and a professor
  • Shelly Finkel (b. 1944), American boxing and music manager and promoter
  • Robbi Finkel (b. 1950), American and Canadian composer
  • Donald Alexander Finkel (1929-2008), American poet
  • Dave Finkel (b. 1970), American television producer, actor, and screenwriter
  • David Louis Finkel (b. 1955), American journalist
  • Moishe Finkel (1850-1904), American prominent figure in the early years of Yiddish theater
  • Philip “Fyvush” Finkel (b. 1922), American actor
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Finkel Family Crest Products


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Finkel Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Finkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finkel 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 22 August 2016 at 10:55.

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