Steinbeck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Steinbeck emerged in Pomerania, which was a territory of Germany and a maritime province of Prussia. Pomerania is bounded on the south by Brandenburg, on the west by Mecklenburg, and on the east by Poland. During the 5th century, Pomerania was settled by Pommern, who were a Slavic tribe. Pommern, meaning on the sea, became the name of this region during the reign of the Charlemagne.

Early Origins of the Steinbeck family

The surname Steinbeck was first found in Pomerania, where the name Steinbeck was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. Bearers of this surname declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their support in struggles for power and status within the region. The Steinbeck name has been traced to the correspondences of Duke Otto of Pomerania as early as 1308. They branched into different houses and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Steinbeck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steinbeck research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1530 is included under the topic Early Steinbeck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steinbeck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Steinbeck, Steinbach, Steinbecker, Steinbekker, Steinbock, Steinbacher, Steinback and many more.

Early Notables of the Steinbeck family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Steinbeck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Steinbeck migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steinbeck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louise Steinbeck, who settled in New Orleans, La. in 1845
  • Louise Steinbeck, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Steinbeck (post 1700) +

  • John Ernest Steinbeck Jr. (1902-1968), renowned American author, who wrote such novels as "Of Mice and Men" (1937) and "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939). He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1960 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Elaine Steinbeck (1914-2003), born Elaine Anderson, an American actress and one of the first women to become a theatre stage manager, wife the John Steinbeck
  • Thomas Myles Steinbeck (1944-2016), American novelist, screenwriter, photographer and journalist, eldest son of American novelist John Steinbeck
  • Janet May Steinbeck (b. 1951), Australian two-time silver medalist swimmer at the 1968 Olympics and the 1966 Commonwealth Games
  • John Steinbeck IV (1946-1991), American journalist and author, war correspondent for the United States Department of Defense, second child of author John Steinbeck


  1. ^ 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)


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