This surname of EINHORN is a German nickname from the Old German word 'einhorn' (unicorn). It may also be a house name, from a house depicting the fabulous animal. The name was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews. The name is also spelt AINHORN. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. A notable member of the name is Ephraim Ferdinand EINHORN, born 12th September, 1918 in Vienna, Austria. He was a Rabbi and Banker, and his appointments included Rabbi, at Kettering in England (1940); the Bishop of Aukland in England (1941). He was on the Board of Deputies of British Jews between 1944 and 1948, and Member of the Faculty, Los Angeles College of Jewish Studies from 1956 until 1969. He was awarded the Algerian Medal (France 1957). The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
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