Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
- Dutch: from a reduced form of the personal name Augustijn (see
- 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,
- Northern English and Scottish: from the Old Norse
personal name Steinn meaning ‘stone’.
English: habitational name from a place named with Old English
stǣne ‘stony place’, for example Stein in Sussex or Steane
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