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The name Finkelstein 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 Finkelstein 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.

Finkelstein Early Origins




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Finkelstein Spelling Variations


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Finkelstein 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:

Finkelstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M Finkelstein, who landed in Texas in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finkelstein (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finkelstein (post 1700)



  • David Ritz Finkelstein (1929-2016), American emeritus professor of physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jerry Finkelstein, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 17th District, 1942; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952 (alternate), 1964
  • Jacob Finkelstein, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1912
  • Israel Finkelstein, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 6th District, 1934
  • Ed Finkelstein, American politician, Representative from Arizona 5th District, 1996
  • Daniel Finkelstein, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 26th District, 1962
  • Bernard Finkelstein, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fifth Suffolk District, 1923-24; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932
  • A. R. Finkelstein, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1920

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Finkelstein Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finkelstein 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 2 February 2016 at 13:23.

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