I don't have Pat's book and am a little fuzzy on this, but I believe
that she mentions another possible source from the USA, regarding a
court case of forgery or copyright questions, or along those lines.Can
you confirm that?
David Boyd wrote:
> Have now quickly checked this, and Pat does mention Bleistein as the
> name of nearby extant City of London fur dealers, who were / are a
> traditionally Jewish commercial sector in London, as is 'the rag
> (clothing and dress manufacture) trade' in general.
> Recall myself having some offline email chats with Pat whilst she was
> researching her book, about the name Bleistein and, particularly, the
> literal, German meaning of the name, which is 'leadstone' (with
> possible allusions to metallic ores, cf
> Goldstein/Silberstein/Eisenstein etc.0
> This is more fully mentioned
> This line of discussion with Pat also led I recall to one about hard
> rock mining in general, which differs very much in technique from the
> mining of coal, eg., tin mining in Cornwall; graphite mining in
> Cumberland from c. 1500/1600, along with iron ore (haematite) mining
> which burgeoned there from c. 1870s.
> I have never seen anywhere else any reference to 'Stetson' extending
> beyond Rickard's admirably thorough notes on his website.
> Similarly to 'Bleistein' , apart from the usual slouchbrimming
> headwear, the literal meaning of 'Stetson' is, in Danish, 'stepson' or
> possibly a shortening of son of Stephen / Stephenson, or juxtaposing
> 'Stet', if I recall schoolboy Latin from the verb 'to stand (firm)'
> which declines something like 'sto stare steti statum' which is not
> getting far away from a more universal allusion such as anyone's
> fighting son.
> Whilst Stephenson is a fairly common surname in England, Stetson
> isn't, and no doubt was more common across the pond from those of
> Danish extraction.