The Dutch family name Springsteen is classified as being of habitation origin. The phrase "habitation names" is used to describe those family names which find their origins in the location of the residence of the initial bearer. In some instances such names are derived from the name of the town or region where the original bearer was born or resided. Others refer to the geographic location of the original bearer's home while still others may refer to a sign displayed over the door of his residence. With regard to the family name Springsteen, the appel- lation originated from a combination of the Dutch terms "spring", denoting a natural water source, and "steen", meaning "stone". Hence, the "springsteen" would have been a large rock or stone from which a spring flowed, and the initial bearer of the sur- name would have been one who dwelled near such a stone. One of the earliest references to this name is a record of one Joost Casperszen Springsteen, son of Caspar Springsteen and Geesje Jans, who was born in 1637 in the city of Groningen in northern Holland. However, research is of course on- going and this name may have been documented even earlier than the date indicated above It is believed that the first use of hereditary surnames in the Netherlands and Belgium dates from the thirteenth century and began in the regions of Flanders and Brabant. Among additional references to this surname is an entry from 1665, regarding the wedding of Melchior Springsteen and Gertrude Bartelsen in Groningen. The first to introduce this family name to North America may well have been the aforementioned Joost Springsteen, who settled in the colony of New Netherland (New York and New Jersey)prior to 1664. -Source Ref: Siebmacher's, Bg5-65.