Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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