Following my posting last week I got an email >from a
member of the list >from Cambridge, Mass. suggesting that
since there were virtually no Sephardic Jews in rural Westfalia,
PINS may be an Ashkenazi variant of Pinnes which is a nickname of Pinchas.
I am not in position to judge or comment but hope that some members may.
Jacob Rosen Jerusalem <email@example.com>
MODERATOR NOTE: We don't usually accept messages that speculate or argue
about the origin of names. In this instance, however, a limited discussion
of the origins of PINS >from Hoexter will be accepted.