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Type Surname (ornamental)
Other Forms FormsLevensthein

Meaning & History

Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name, or perhaps an ornamental elaboration associated with the name Leyb; from Middle High German lewe ‘lion’, translating the Yiddish male personal name Leyb (see Low) + German stein ‘stone’, ‘rock’. There may have been some confusion between the first element and the personal name Levi (see Levy).
Added 6/26/2017 by TanorFaux
Edited 7/24/2017 by LMS