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Where did the German Keister family come from? What is the German Keister family crest and coat of arms? When did the Keister family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Keister family history?The ancient roots of the Keister family are found in the German state of Bavaria. Keister was a local name, for someone who lived in Franconia where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Keister include Kaestner, Kastner, Kestner, Kastener, Kaestener, Kestener, Cestner, Kesstner, Kaesstner, Kasstner, Castner, Caestner, Koestner, Kostner, Coestner and many more.
First found in Franconia, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keister research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1468, 1565, 1635, 1741, 1769, 1773, 1800, and 1810 are included under the topic Early Keister History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 94 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Keister surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Keister Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Keister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keister 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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