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

This name is thought to be somehow derived from the Old German word "Geiß," which means "goat."

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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.

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.


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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.

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Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geist Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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  • William "Bill" Geist (b. 1945), American author, columnist and television journalist
  • George Geist (b. 1955), American Republican Party politicianin the New Jersey State Senate
  • Jackie Geist (b. 1986), American beauty queen, Miss California 2008 and Miss Hollywood 2008
  • Joel Geist (b. 1982), American actor
  • Kaufman Geist (b. 1895), American Olympic track and field athlete at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Richard Geist (b. 1944), American Republican Party politician in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • William "Willie" Geist (b. 1975), American television host and author
  • Otto W. Geist (1888-1963), German archaeologist, explorer, and naturalist
  • Michael Allen Geist (b. 1968), Canadian academic


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  9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 18 November 2013 at 11:33.

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