Rubenstein History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Rubenstein family was in the German state of Bavaria. Rubenstein is a local name for a person who lived in Bavaria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging medieval society.

Early Origins of the Rubenstein family

The surname Rubenstein was first found in Bavaria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. In the Middle Ages, the word "Rubin" referred to a type of gem. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Richter Rubynus of Bruenn in 1240 and Nicolas Rubein (Rubin) of Munich in 1343. Also, a popular medieval minstrel of Tyrol bore the name Rubin. He was of the minor nobility, had his home in Merano, wrote 22 songs, and participated in the crusade of 1228.

Early History of the Rubenstein family

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Rubenstein Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Rubenstein include Rubin, Rubein, Rubinus, Ruben, Ruebin, Rubinich, Rubinig, Rubinick and many more.

Early Notables of the Rubenstein family (pre 1700)

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Rubenstein Ranking

In the United States, the name Rubenstein is the 8,888th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Rubenstein migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rubenstein or a variant listed above:

Rubenstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eberhardt Rubenstein, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [2]
Rubenstein Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Oscar Rubenstein, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900 [2]
  • Israel Rubenstein, who arrived in Mississippi in 1904 [2]
  • Jake Rubenstein, who landed in Alabama in 1915 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rubenstein (post 1700) +

  • Howard J. Rubenstein (1932-2020), American lawyer and public relations expert whose clients included the New York Yankees, News Corporation, Columbia University, the New York Philharmonic, and The Metropolitan Opera
  • Scott Ian Rubenstein (d. 2019), American television writer and story editor, best known for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Edward Rubenstein (1924-2019), American doctor of internal medicine
  • David Mark Rubenstein (b. 1949), American financier and philanthropist, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group; according to the Forbes, he has a net worth of 2.5 billion dollars
  • William Rubenstein (b. 1960), American Sidley Austin Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
  • Steven Lee Rubenstein (1962-2012), American anthropologist
  • Richard E. Rubenstein (b. 1938), American academic and author, University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at George Mason University
  • Richard Lowell Rubenstein (b. 1924), American academic and educator in religion in the American Jewish community, noted particularly for his contributions to Holocaust theology
  • Meridel Rubenstein (b. 1948), American photographer and installation artist
  • David Rubenstein (b. 1957), American founding Executive Director for the Save Darfur Coalition
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook