Derivation of Steinwachs´name

 Genealogy (english)

Descendant Steinwachs

Ancestors of my children

(both provides with PAF)


Derivation of Steinwachs´ Name

Ancestor research 1939 of  Max Steinwachs

Census Hoexter 1700














Coat of arms of the line Steinwachs comming from Lamspringe,
possibly from Adolf Steinwachs, born 15. May 1868 in Konstanz,
provided by William L. Steinwachs of Issaquah, Washington, USA,
not found in a  coat of arms role(book), until now.
 'Origin Of The Name "Steinwachs":

While searching for the original meaning of the surname Steinwachs, I looked through various "name encyclopedias" without success. So, I have had to depend on my own assumptions. It appeared most probable to me that it originated with a job title, such as stone-cutter for example. (In Goettingen in 1676, a Valentin Steinwachs was listed as a stone-cutter.)  The suffix "wachs", or in the former way of writing "wax", could lead to the conclusion that "Steinwachs" refers to a stone-working occupation of some sort. In the spring of 1996, I found the following references to the name, "Steinwachs", in the university library in Goettingen in a book entitled, "German Kinship Names". The name is derived from a location, meaning "stony field". The name occurs in Leipzig (1926), Cologne (1927), Berlin (1928), Muenster in Westf. (1927), and Hamburg (1928).  There is no information as to where, or in which dialect area, the name Steinwachs  originated.
At the end of 2001, I found another reference to a "Bernd Steinwachs". His grandfather's line originated in Oberufhausen, dating back nineteen hundred years to Hemer/Märkischer Kreis. According to the grandfather's information, the "Steinwachs" name came about in connection with the occupation, "stones grow".