Weinberg Surname Genealogy

When Jewish people were obligated to take surnames in the early 19th
century, they often chose ornamental names.  The prefix Wein- meaning “wine” and the suffix
-stein meaning “mountain,”
were often used in these Jewish ornamental names.
Sometimes Weinberg was not the actual surname back home
and was simply chosen on arrival.

Weinberg Resources on

Weinberg Ancestry

emigrated to America
from a number of
countries, but in greatest numbers from Germany, Russia, and
Poland.   These countries were the main countries of Jewish
settlement and Yiddish culture in central and eastern Europe in the
19th century.   The Weinberg name became particularly prominent in Jewish
circles in the areas known as Dolyna in Ukraine and Dolina in Galicia
The name was invariably Jewish in
America but
not necessarily.

America.  Benedict
Weinberg came to Charleston, South Carolina from Westphalia in
1830 at the age of thirty.

“His reminiscences of his early life
often afforded much entertainment.  In 1814 when but fourteen
years of
age, he joined the Prussian army and was at the Battle of Waterloo and
would often relate details of that hard fought battle.  He was
also a schoolmate of Emperor William I.”

He lived on in America to the age of ninety one.

The peak years for
Weinberg immigration were from 1890 to
1910.  They came mainly to the cities of the East.  Among
these Weinbergs were:

  • Sidney
    , who was born to a poor Jewish family in Brooklyn
    in 1891.  He started at the bottom at Goldman Sachs and rose to
    the top.  Two of his sons and one of his grandsons also held high
    positions at Goldman Sachs.
  • Morris and Celia Weinberg, who arrived from Russia in 1893 and
    settled in Chicago.
  • another Morris Weinberg, also from Russia, who came via Glasgow
    in 1906 and settled in Brookyn.  He was by trade a shoemaker.
  • and Harry
    , who came from Hungary as a young boy with his
    family to
    Baltimore in 1912.  He was a canny investor during the
    buying up under-valued assets, and later set up with his wife the Harry
    Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Weinbergs have been in Galveston, Texas since at least 1860.  Otto
Weinberg and his family died in the Galveston flood of 1900.  In
1904 Fritz Weinberg bought the Rosehill farm
near Houston.  It is now run by the sixth generation of

South Africa.  Eli Weinberg had
come to South Africa from Latvia in 1929.  He and his
daughter Sheila were activists during the anti-apartheid years.  Another Weinberg from Latvia became one of
Africa’s top insurance salesmen in the years prior to World War Two.  Son Mark
made his fortune in life insurance in

Weinberg Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Weinberg Names

Noah Weinberg who died
in 2009 was a Jewish rabbi and father of today’s baal teshuva movement.
Sidney Weinberg was the
long-time leader of Goldman Sachs, nicknamed “Mr. Wall Street” by the New York Times.
Mark Weinberg from South Africa
has been a leader in the life insurance industry in England.
is an American drummer and band leader who has played
with Bruce Springsteen and on the
TV show.

Select Weinbergs Today

  • 300 in the UK (most numerous in London)
  • 5,000 in America (most numerous in New York)




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