Kastner Family History
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Kastner Name Meaning
German (also Kästner): from Middle High German kastner, kestner, an occupational name for the steward of a granary (kornkasten) and hence, since general taxation developed from taxes on grain, a steward or treasurer responsible for financial matters at a court, monastery, or other institution. German (also Kästner) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a joiner or furniture maker, from South German Kasten ‘box’, ‘chest’. Compare Kistner.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press