surname ending #general

Toni Valenstein <tovaknits@...>

from what I've learned, when the Jews of Poland took on surnames, some
were named for the area they came >from (for ex. sky). My surname
(VALENSTEIN) ends with "stein" or >from what I have learned was
originally "sztejn". I've been told that this means stone. Is there
another meaning? Why would so many people take on the name "stone"?


Toni Valenstein

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