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Steinert Coat of Arms / Steinert Family Crest

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The surname STEINERT was a Swedish and German topographic name for someone who lived either on stony ground or by a notable outcrop of rock or a stone boundary-marker or monument. It was also found as an occupational name for someone who worked in stone, a mason or stone cutter. About the middle of the 12th century castles and mansions of the king and important nobles and cathedrals and churches were starting to be built by stone. Earlier wood had been used, and the castles were surrounded by ridges of earth and a wooden stockade was used for protection. Formidable castles were first constructed in stone by the Normans after the Conquest of England in 1066. Thus, the work of the mason, the builder of stone came to be an important craft, and the elaborate carving was a significent part of his work. Germany in the 14th century had more than ten thousand castles and strongholds throughout the country. The name is also spelt STEINBECK, STENBACK, STENHOLM and STENSTROM. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. John Ernest STEINBECK (1902-68) the American novelist, born in Salinas, California. 'Tortilla Flat' (1935) his first novel of repute, is a faithfull picture of the shifting 'paisanos' of California. 'The Grapes of Wrath' (1939) is a study of the poor in the face of disaster and threatened disintegration. He won the Nobel prize for literature in 1962.

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