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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 Origin

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Bernstein Family Occupations

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In 1881, Store Keeper and Commerchial T were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Bernstein. 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.

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  • Store Keeper

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  • Trader


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Passenger List

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Bernstein Life Expectancy

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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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