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Finkelstein (Hebrew: פֿינק(ע)לשׁטײַן‎‎ or פינקלשׁט(י)ין, Russian: Финкельштейн) is a German and Yiddish surname originating from Old High German funko (spark) and stein (stone).[1] Funkelstein meant pyrite (Adler German-English Dictionary, 1864). The Yiddish version of pyrite, finkelstein, could have denoted bareketh, one of the 12 tribe stones of High Priest's breastplate (Exodus 28:17).

Notable people with the surname include:

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  1. ^ Gerhard Köbler (1994). Taschenwörterbuch des althochdeutschen Sprachschatzes (4th ed.). ISBN 3825218236.