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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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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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