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Updated January 11, 2024

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name composed of German Gold ‘gold’ + Stein ‘stone’.
  • German : from a medieval personal name, nickname, or occupational name from Middle High German, Middle Low German golste(i)n ‘gold stone’, ‘precious stone’, (probably chrysolite or topaz, which was used as a testing stone by alchemists).

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