Meaning and Origin of: Steinway

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : Stone

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Americanized form of German Steinweg, a topographic name for someone living at a stone (not dirt) road, from Middle High German stein ‘stone’ + weg ‘path’.
  • The well-known firm of piano makers called Steinway was founded by Heinrich Steinweg (1797–1871) in Brunswick, Germany, in 1835. He was born in Wolfshagen, Germany, and in 1851 moved with his three sons to NY, changing his name to Steinway. The firm expanded with new designs by Christian Steinway (1825–89) and remained in family ownership until 1972.