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

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Keyser include Kaiser, Kaisser, Kaizer, Kayser, Kaysser, Kayzer, Keiser, Keyser, Keisser, Keizer, Kaisling, Kaissling, Keyserling and many more.

First found in Austria, 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 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 Keyser research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1715, 1710, 1226, 1595, 1676, 1814, 1874 and 150 are included under the topic Early Keyser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keyser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Keyser were

Keyser Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • George Keyser, who sailed to Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Thomas Keyser, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Peter Keyser, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Dirk Keyser, who arrived in Germantown in 1691
  • Dirrck Keyser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1691-1692

Keyser Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • George Friedrich Keyser and Johann Keyser, who came to America in 1709-1710
  • Agnis Keyser arrived in Philadelphia in 1729
  • Agnis Keyser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Eliza Keyser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Jacob Keyser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729


Keyser Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Bergitta Christina Keyser, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Wilhelm Keyser, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Samuel Keyser, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Masset Keyser, who landed in New York in 1839
  • Fredrick Keyser, who landed in Mississippi in 1840


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  • Cassius Jackson Keyser (1862-1947), American mathematician
  • William Keyser (1835-1904), executive of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
  • Ephraim Keyser (b. 1850), American sculptor
  • Christopher Adam Keyser (b. 1960), American producer and writer of prime-time dramas
  • Brigadier-General George Vernon Keyser (1895-1972), American Chief of Counter Intelligence Corps (1947-1948)
  • Agnes Keyser (1852-1941), the wealthy daughter of a Stock Exchange member, a British humanitarian, courtesan and longtime mistress to Edward VII of the United Kingdom
  • Andre Werner Keyser (1938-2010), South African palaeontologist and geologist
  • Vladimir Keyser. (b. 1878), Russian Olympic fencer
  • Nicaise de Keyser (1813-1887), Belgian painter of portraits and historical tableaux
  • Véronique De Keyser (b. 1945), Belgian politician

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  • History of the Descendants of Charles Keyser by Florence Skinner Miller.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mit Gott fuer Kaiser und Reich
Motto Translation: With God for emperors and realm

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