Stein Family History

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Stein Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Stein ‘rock’, Middle High German stein, 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 ornamental name. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe. Dutch: from a reduced form of the personal name Augustijn (see Austin). Norwegian: habitational name from any of ten or more farmsteads, notably in southeastern Norway, so named from Old Norse steinn ‘stone’. Scottish: from a reduced form of the personal name Steven (see Steen, Steven). Northern English and Scottish: from the Old Norse personal name Steinn meaning ‘stone’. Southern English: habitational name from a place named with Old English st?ne ‘stony place’, for example Stein in Sussex or Steane in Northamptonshire.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Stein Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Stein name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Stein. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Stein Family Origin

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Stein Family Occupations

What did your Stein ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Stein occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 8% of Stein's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Stein family was Boot Maker. Coal Miner, Tailor and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Stein.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Tailor

  • Baker

  • Boot Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Stein ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Stein Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 225,000 census records available for the last name Stein. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stein census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Stein Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Stein ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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