When Samuel Joseph Bernstein was born on 5 January 1893, in Dubno, Rovno, Ukraine, Soviet Union, his father, Idel Bernstein, was 26 and his mother, Dinah Malamud, was 26. He married Jennie Charna Resnick on 28 October 1917, in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He immigrated to Massachusetts, United States in 1921 and lived in Revere, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1920 and Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1940. He died on 30 April 1969, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Temple Mishkan Tefila Memorial Park, West Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Isadore, Hyman, Meyer, Emanuel, Giora, Ari, Aron, Morty, Noach, Avi.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Bernstein ‘amber’ (from Middle Low German bernen ‘to burn’ + stēn ‘stone’; it was thought to be created by burning, although it is in fact fossilized pine resin).
German: habitational name from a place called Bernstein, of which there is one example in Bavaria and another in what used to be East Prussia (now Pełczyce in northwestern Poland). Both of these probably get their German names from the notion of a ‘burnt stone’, for example in brick making, rather than from the usual modern meaning, ‘amber’. The name may also be derived from Bärenstein, a common field and placename, especially in Bavaria and Austria.
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