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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?

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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.


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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.

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

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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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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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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