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Bernstein is a German and Yiddish[1] surname meaning "amber". The German pronunciation is [ˈbɛʁnʃtaɪn], but in English it is often /ˈbɜrnstn/. Germanic variants: Börnstein, Börnsteen, Brennstein, lit. "burn[ing]stone"; lat. electrum or glaesum, gr. ἤλεκτρον ēlektron.[2] It may refer to:


Fictional people[edit]

  • Rugal Bernstein, a major villain in the King of Fighters video game series
  • Adelheid Bernstein, the son of Rugal, making a debut appearance in King of Fighters 2003
  • Mr. Bernstein, the business partner of Charles Foster Kane in the 1941 film Citizen Kane
  • Judith Bernstein, a pseudonymous character in the British soap opera, EastEnders


  • Bernstein im Burgenland, a village near the Austrian-Hungarian border
  • Pełczyce, a town in the Polish West Pomeranian Voivodeship, which was part of Germany until 1945 and is known as Bernstein in German (and Bersztén in Kashubian)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Wilhelm Gemoll: Griechisch-Deutsches Schul- und Handwörterbuch. München/Wien 1965.