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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Vest, Veste, Vester, Vestert, Vesten, Vestens and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where the name Vest made a great early contribution to the feudal society which shaped the early development of Europe. The name Vest became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group striving to obtain power and status in a constantly changing territorial profile.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vestal research. Another 230 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1787 is included under the topic Early Vestal History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vestal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vestal Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • J. Vest and R. R. Vestal came to San Francisco in 1851
  • R R Vestal, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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  5. 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).
  6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  11. ...

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