Finkelstein Family History

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Finkelstein Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): ornamental compound name, literally ‘sparkle stone’, from Yiddish finkl ‘sparkle’ + stein ‘stone’.

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

Similar surnames: Falkenstein, Winterstein, Finkelman, Himmelstein, Fleckenstein

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Finkelstein Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Finkelstein name?

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

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Finkelstein Family Origin

Where is the Finkelstein family from?

Finkelstein Family Occupations

What did your Finkelstein ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Finkelstein family was Huckster. Tailor, Shoe Maker and Clothing Machine Operator were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Finkelstein. The most common Finkelstein occupation in the USA was Tailor. 19% of Finkelstein's were Tailors.

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  • Tailor

  • Shoe Maker

  • Clothing Machine Operator

  • Huckster


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

Finkelstein Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Finkelstein. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Finkelstein 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Finkelstein. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Finkelstein. For the veterans among your Finkelstein ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Finkelstein Life Expectancy

What is the average Finkelstein lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Finkelstein life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Finkelstein in 1948 was 47, and 82 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Finkelstein

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Finkelstein 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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