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Stein Surname Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German stein German Stein ‘rock’ 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 artificial name. This surname is also found elsewhere in central Europe e.g. in Czechia where it is also spelled Štein and in Poland. Dutch: from a shortened form of the personal name Augustijn (see Austin ) or a habitational name from any of the Dutch places called Stein. Norwegian: habitational name from any of ten or more farmsteads notably in southeastern Norway from Old Norse steinn ‘stone’ most often named from a big rock on the farm. English (London) and Scottish (Lanarkshire and West Lothian): variant of Steen .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Steen, Stern, Steig, Lein, Stain, Steil, Steiner, Savin, Klein, Wein

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Where is the Stein family from?

You can see how Stein families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stein family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stein families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 194 Stein families living in London. This was about 53% of all the recorded Stein's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Stein families in 1891.
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What did your Stein ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Tailor and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Stein. 11% of Stein men worked as a Tailor and 59% of Stein women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Stein were Cabinet Maker and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Tailor
  • Medical Practitioner
  • General Labourer
  • Cabinet Maker

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

There are 75,000 immigration records available for the last name Stein. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 86,000 military records available for the last name Stein. For the veterans among your Stein ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stein lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Stein life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Stein in 1941 was 39, and 80 in 2004.

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