Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English and French : from Middle English pine, Old French pin, a topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous pine tree or in a pine forest. It may also be a Norman habitational name from any of various places named with this word, such as Le Pin in Calvados; in other cases it may originally have been a nickname for a tall man, one thought to resemble a pine tree.
  • German : variant spelling of Peine.