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

The surname Geyer is a nickname surname; that is, it is derived from a nickname given to the original bearer. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demi-gods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans. The surname Geyer is derived from the Old German word "gir," which means "vulture." It was given to a person known for greedy, predatory ways.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Geier, Geyer, Gayer, Gaier, Gire, Gyre, Geyre, Gayre, Geyr and many more.

First found in Padeborn, in the ancient duchy of Saxony, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. As early as 1288 Johann Gyr appears in mediaeval feudal documents as county ruler in Warburg. As old as these documents may be, the name is also associated with families of ancient nobility in Austria and Franconia (later Hessen). Always prominent in social affairs, the name Geyer became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geyer research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1490, 1525, 1665, 1685, and 1743 are included under the topic Early Geyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Geyer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Geyer, aged 18, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Hans Fried Geyer, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1696

Geyer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Sebastian Geyer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johann Jacob Geyer, who came to Philadelphia in 1737
  • Joh Adam Geyer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Johann Michael Geyer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Wolf Caspar Geyer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749


Geyer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Gouper Geyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • K. C. Geyer came to Providence, Rhode Island in 1823
  • Charles Louis Geyer, aged 28, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Bartholomew Geyer, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1840
  • David Geyer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


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  • Henry Sheffie Geyer (1790-1859), American politician, lawyer, and soldier
  • Stephen Geyer (b. 1950), American songwriter
  • Georgie Anne Geyer (b. 1935), American journalist and columnist
  • Jacob Bowman "Rube" Geyer (1884-1962), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Gwynne Geyer, American opera tic soprano
  • William Herbert "Bill" Geyer Jr. (1919-2004), American professional American football halfback
  • Carl Geyer (1818-1852), German entomologist
  • Karl Andreas Geyer (1809-1853), German botanist
  • Eduard Geyer (b. 1944), German football manager and former player
  • David Geyer (1855-1932), German zoologist, malacologist and paleontologist

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The Geyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Geyer 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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