Stein Family History
Stein Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Stein ‘rock’, Middle High German stein, hence a topographic name either for someone who lived on stony ground or for someone who lived by a notable outcrop of rock or by a stone boundary marker or monument. It could also be a metonymic occupational name for a mason or stonecutter, or, among Jews, an ornamental name. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe. Dutch: from a reduced form of the personal name Augustijn (see Austin). Norwegian: habitational name from any of ten or more farmsteads, notably in southeastern Norway, so named from Old Norse steinn ‘stone’. Scottish: from a reduced form of the personal name Steven (see Steen, Steven). Northern English and Scottish: from the Old Norse personal name Steinn meaning ‘stone’. Southern English: habitational name from a place named with Old English st?ne ‘stony place’, for example Stein in Sussex or Steane in Northamptonshire.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press