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Bernstein Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Bernstein ‘amber’ (from Middle Low German bernen ‘to burn’ + sten ‘stone’; it was thought to be created by burning, although it is in fact fossilized pine resin). German: habitational name from a place named Bernstein, of which there is one example in Bavaria and another in what used to be East Prussia (now Pelczyce 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 place name, 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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Bernstein Family Occupations

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  • Store Keeper

    50%
  • Commerchial T

    25%
  • Trader

    25%

In 1881, the most common Bernstein occupation in Canada was Store Keeper. 50% of Bernstein's were Store Keepers. A less common occupation for the Bernstein family was Trader. Store Keeper and Commerchial T were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Bernstein.

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