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

The distinguished surname Propst is German in origin. It is derived from the Low German "pravest" meaning "provost," and is used to designate someone in charge.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Probst, Proebstl (Bavaria), Prahst, Proebsting (Westfalia), Proebster, Probste, Probsst, Probsste and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. Chronicles of Kromau in 1379 mention one "Hansen, known as Probstel, head-prior of the cloisters." From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Propst research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1745 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Propst History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Propst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Propst Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Propst, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748
  • Michael Propst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Valentine Propst, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

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  7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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The Propst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Propst 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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