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Bernstein Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Bernstein ‘amber’ (from Middle Low German bernen ‘to burn’ + stēn ‘stone’; it was thought to be created by burning although it is in fact fossilized pine resin). German: habitational name from a place called Bernstein of which there is one example in Bavaria and another in what used to be East Prussia (now Pełczyce in northwestern Poland). Both of these probably get their German names from the notion of a ‘burnt stone’ for example in brick making rather than from the usual modern meaning ‘amber’. The name may also be derived from Bärenstein a common field and placename especially in Bavaria and Austria. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): in some cases perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a craftsman or dealer in amber.

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


Similar surnames: Einstein, Weinstein, Hartstein, Hornstein, Bergstein, Levenstein

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You can see how Bernstein families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bernstein family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Bernstein families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 57 Bernstein families living in Quebec. This was about 62% of all the recorded Bernstein's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Bernstein families in 1911.
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What did your Bernstein ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Merchant and Sales Ladie were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Bernstein. 15% of Bernstein men worked as a Merchant and 34% of Bernstein women worked as a Sales Ladie. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bernstein were Grocer and Farm Laborer. .

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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 1921

  • Merchant
    15%
  • Tailor
    12%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Grocer
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Sales Ladie
    34%
  • Saleslady
    34%
  • Farm Laborer
    34%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Bernstein. For the veterans among your Bernstein ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bernstein lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bernstein life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bernstein in 1940 was 54, and 82 in 2004.

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