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This name is thought to be somehow derived from the Old German word "Geiß," which means "goat."
The surname Geist was first found in Switzerland
, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Geist, Geistt, Geisst, Geiste, Geistte, Geisste, Geistes, Geists, Geistts, Giest, Giestt, Giests, Geest, Geisser, Gaisser, Geiss, Gaiss, Geissler and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geist research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1711, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Geist History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geist Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Geist Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Christian Geist, who arrived in Maryland in 1666
- Ann Geist, who was one of the earliest settlers, went to Maryland in 1677
- Ann Geist, who landed in Maryland in 1677
Geist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Barbara Geist went to America in 1721
- Christoph Geist, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
- Freid Wilhelm Geist, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
- Friedr Wilhelm Geist, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749
- Hans Jacob Geist, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
Geist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jakob Geist, who arrived in America in 1831
- Balthasar Geist, who landed in America in 1832
- Theodor Geist, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
- With Geist, aged 17, arrived in America in 1854
- Johann Wilhelm Geist, who arrived in America in 1854
Geist Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Daniel Geist, aged 64, arrived in America in 1901
- Magdalena Geist, aged 55, arrived in America in 1901
- Heinrich Geist, aged 23, landed in America in 1901
- Friedrich Geist, aged 22, arrived in America in 1901
- William "Willie" Geist (b. 1975), American television host and author
- Richard Geist (b. 1944), American Republican Party politician in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Kaufman Geist (b. 1895), American Olympic track and field athlete at the 1920 Summer Olympics
- Joel Geist (b. 1982), American actor
- Jackie Geist (b. 1986), American beauty queen, Miss California 2008 and Miss Hollywood 2008
- George Geist (b. 1955), American Republican Party politicianin the New Jersey State Senate
- William "Bill" Geist (b. 1945), American author, columnist and television journalist
- Otto W. Geist (1888-1963), German archaeologist, explorer, and naturalist
- Michael Allen Geist (b. 1968), Canadian academic
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
- Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
- Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
- Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
The Geist Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Geist 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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