Meaning and Origin of: Stein

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : Stone

Last name origin & meaning:

  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from German Stein ‘rock’, Middle High German stein, hence a topographic name either for someone who lived on stony ground or for someone who lived by a notable outcrop of rock or by a stone boundary marker or monument. It could also be a metonymic occupational name for a mason or stonecutter, or, among Jews, an ornamental name.
  • Dutch : from a reduced form of the personal name Augustijn (see Austin).
  • Norwegian : habitational name from any of ten or more farmsteads, notably in southeastern Norway, so named from Old Norse steinn ‘stone’.
  • Scottish : from a reduced form of the personal name Steven (see Steen, Steven).
  • Northern English and Scottish : from the Old Norse personal name Steinn meaning ‘stone’.
  • Southern English : habitational name from a place named with Old English stǣne ‘stony place’, for example Stein in Sussex or Steane in Northamptonshire.