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Where did the German Foust family come from? What is the German Foust family crest and coat of arms? When did the Foust family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Foust family history?

The German province known as the Rhineland is the ancestral home of the Foust family. The German people originally used only one name, but as the population grew there was often confusion between people of the same name. This required people to adopt hereditary surnames. Many people took surnames based on nicknames - sometimes known as eke-names - that described certain personal characteristics. Foust is a name for a person who was strong and pugnacious and was derived from the Old German word "fust," which meant "fist."

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Foust include Faust, Fauste, Fausst, Fausste, Fauss, Fausse and others.

First found in Strasbourg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family in Bavaria and in the Rhine region with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foust research. Another 218 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1540, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Foust History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foust Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Foust, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Foust Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ann Catrina Foust, aged 24, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Ann Eliz Foust, aged 5, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Chon Peter Foust, aged 40, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Cohan C Peter Foust, aged 9, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Cohannes Foust, aged 11, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733


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  • Graham Foust (b. 1970), American poet, associate professor at Saint Mary's College of California
  • Lawrence "Larry" Foust (1928-1984), American eight-time All-Star NBA basketball player
  • Matt Foust (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Tanner Foust (b. 1973), American professional racing driver, stunt driver, and television host


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  • Faust-Foust Family in America by Howard M. Faust.
  • The Family of John Foust and Anna Barbara Albrecht and Allied Families by Mozette Foust.
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The Foust Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foust Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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