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The surname Epstein is one of the oldest Ashkenazi Jewish family names.[1] It is probably derived from the German town of Eppstein, in Hesse; the place-name was probably derived from Gaulish apa[2] ("water", in the sense of a river)[3] and German -stein ("stone", in the sense of a hill). It is sometimes hebraized to Eilath or Elath.

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  • Juan Epstein, fictional character on the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter
  • Dov Epstein, fictional character on the TV series Rookie Blue

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  1. ^   Singer, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "Epstein". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls.
  2. ^ Whitley Stokes; Adalbert Bezzenberger (1894), "aqâ", in August Fick, Vergleichendes Wörterbuch der indogermanischen Sprachen: Wortschatz der Keltischen Spracheinheit, 2 (4th ed.), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, p. 5
  3. ^ Ernst Förstemann (1863), Die deutschen Ortsnamen, pp. 30–31