The surname of ECKSTEIN was a German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) nickname or ornamental name from the German ECKSTEIN (corner-stone). The name was applied to someone who was trusty and reliable. The name is also spelt EKSTEIN, EKSTIEN, EKSTAJN and ESKSTEEN. The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. A noted member of the name was the German writer, Ernst ECKSTEIN, who was born in Gieben, in 1845. He wrote many humorist works, and died in Dresden in 1900. A minor worthy of the name was American businessman, Nathan ECKSTEIN, who was born in Bavaria, and emigrated to Seattle. He took an active part in the social and civic life of the city, and was designated Seattle's most useful citizen in 1926. He died in 1945.
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