|Language(s) of origin||Jewish (Yiddish, German language)|
|Related names||Heilbronn, Heilbron, Heilbronner, Heilbroner, Heilpern, Halpern, Halperin, Alperin, Galperin, Halpert, Alpert|
The name derives from the name of the town of Heilbronn, Germany. "Heilbronn" means "peaceful stream".
Besides the numerous Heilbrons, Heilbronners, Heilpruns, and Heilbruns who are known to have lived between the middle of the 16th century and the present time, there are four distinct branches of the Heilprin family. The progenitor of the oldest of these was Zebulun Eliezer, whose son Moses of Brest-Litovsk was brother-in-law of Samuel Edels (Eideles) (died 1632).
The genealogy of a third branch is that made by Belinson of the family of Jehiel ben Solomon Heilprin, who went from Brody in 1821 to Odessa, where he was dayyan until 1835; he then succeeded Reuben Hardenstein in the rabbinate of Odessa, which Heilprin held until his death, January 13, 1877. The places following the names in the following family tree denote in most instances the rabbinates.
The fourth branch is that of Jehiel ben Solomon ben Jekuthiel of Minsk, author of "Seder ha-Dorot", whose son Moses succeeded him in the rabbinate and whose grandson, Löb b. Isaac, published his work. Jehiel was probably related to the third branch of the Heilprin family. A large number of the Heilprins now living in Russia claim descent from Jehiel. Phinehas Mendel, father of Michael Heilprin, was also probably descended from one of the several prominent Heilprins who lived in his native city, Lublin.
Heilprins are to be found in almost all Ashkenazic communities, but they are not necessarily of the same family, since most of the family names borne by the Jews of Austria, Germany, and Russia were assumed indiscriminately by order of their respective governments toward the end of the 18th century or at the beginning of the 19th.
People with the surname Heilprin
- Abraham ben Moses Ashkenazi Heilprin, aka Heilbronn (1578 – 1649), Chief rabbi of Lemberg
- Angelo Heilprin (1853 – 1907), Hungarian-American naturalist, geologist, and traveler; son of Michael Heilprin
- Eliezer ben Mordecai Heilprin (1648, Yaroslav, Galicia – 1700, Fürth), Polish rabbi
- Jehiel ben Solomon Heilprin (ca. 1660 – ca. 1746), Lithuanian rabbi, kabalist, and chronicler
- Joel ben Isaac Heilprin (17th century, Ostroh, Polish Ḥasidic rabbi
- Joel ben Uri Heilprin (1st half of the 18th century, Satanow), Galician thaumaturge
- Lipman (ben Shlomo) Heilprin, Israeli physician
- Louis Heilprin (1851 – 1912), Hungarian-American encyclopedist; son of Michael Heilprin
- Louis Heilprin Pollak (born 1922, New York City), US senior district judge
- Michael Heilprin (1823 – 1888), Polish-Hungarian Jewish biblical scholar, critic, and writer, father of Angelo and Louis
- Phineas Mendel Heilprin (1801, Lublin – 1863, Washington, D.C.), Polish-Hungarian-US Hebraist; father of Michael Heilprin, grandfather of Louis and Angelo
- Uriel Heilperin, better known under his pen name Yonatan Ratosh (1908–1981), Israeli poet, leader of the Canaanite movement
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