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Type Surname (from location)
Usage German
Pronounced Pron. STIEN-bek(English)  [key]

Meaning & History

Denotes a person hailing from one of the many places in Germany called Steinbeck or Steinbach, from Middle High German stein "stone" and bach "stream, creek". In some cases it is a South German occupational name for a mason. A famous bearer was the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck (1902-1968).
Added 1/17/2012 by Rick Codey
Edited 3/6/2012 by SeaHorse15