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Firestone
as a name – from viur or feuer meaning “fire”
and stein “stone” – is believed to have originated in
Austria. It could have been an
occupational name, a stoker or fireman; or it could have been a
nickname for
someone fiery. Feuerstein often became
Firestone in America as the German or Jewish arrivals bearing this name
would anglicize it.

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Firestone Ancestry

The
early
Feuersteins were said to have come from the Bregenz forest in western
Austria. Some Feuersteins from Bregenz
settled in Alsace in northern France around 1640. Later
Feuersteins may have been Jews from Hungary
or Russia who were given or had adopted Feuerstein as an ornamental
name.

America.
Nicholas Hans
Feuerstein

immigrated to America from Thal in Alsace in 1753 and settled in
Pennsylvania (in Paradise township, York county). Three of his
sons,
seeking to be patriotic, then changed their names to Firestone.
Genealogies of the two major early Firestone families descended from
Nicholas –
as well as from the unrelated Johann Feuerstein, also from Alsace, who
came to
Pennsylvania in 1750 – have been compiled by George Ely Russell from
that time to
the 1850’s. By 1850 there were 133 Firestones recorded in the US census.



From
the Nicholas line and born in 1868 in a farm in Columbiana, Ohio built
by his grandfather came Harvey
Firestone
.
He it was who founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron,
Ohio in
1900. It became the leading tire maker in America, selling a
quarter of
all the tires on the road in the 1920’s.

There
have been other Firestones in America as the Firestone lines
proliferated in the 19th century. There were branches in
Virginia,
Maryland, Tennessee, and Indiana, as well as Ohio. The Firestone
name
reached Colorado in 1908 when the town of Firestone,
Colorado
in Weld county was named after the Firestone Coal and
Land Company
which operated there.

In
more recent times Jacob Feuerstein, born in Brooklyn of Jewish
Hungarian
roots, changed his name to John Firestone in the 1930’s.
Tirzah Firestone, who was raised with her
sister in an Orthodox Jewish family in St. Louis, is a Jewish rabbi and
writer
on the Kabbalah.

Many
later immigrants have retained their original Feuerstein name. Perhaps the best known of these was the
Feuerstein family of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Henry Feuerstein, who had come to New York from Hungary in the
1890’s, started
a clothing company in Massachusetts named Malden Mills in 1906. Aaron
Feuerstein
, its third generation owner, became nationally
famous in 1995
when he continued to pay his workers after a fire had devastated the
plant.


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Harvey Firestone founded
the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio in 1900.

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  • 2,000 in America (most numerous in Pennsylvania)

 

 

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