Skip to main content

Updated January 11, 2024

Table of contents

Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : habitational name from any of various places named with a Middle High German derivative of einsteinen ‘to enclose or surround with stone’. In the unsettled social climate of the Middle Ages even relatively minor settlements were commonly surrounded with stone walls as a defense against attack.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name composed of German ein ‘one’ + Stein ‘stone’.

Appears on

Join the Family

Your partner in parenting from baby name inspiration to college planning.