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Finkelstein Name Meaning

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

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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

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Where is the Finkelstein family from?

You can see how Finkelstein families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Finkelstein family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Finkelstein families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 70 Finkelstein families living in New York. This was about 66% of all the recorded Finkelstein's in USA. New York had the highest population of Finkelstein families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Finkelstein surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Finkelstein ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Finkelstein. 17% of Finkelstein men worked as a Salesman and 10% of Finkelstein women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Finkelstein were Operator and Stenographer. .

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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 1940

  • Salesman
    17%
  • Proprietor
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Operator
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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