Geyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Geyer family

The surname Geyer was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Geyer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geyer research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1538, 1455, 1487, 1649, 1646, 1711, 1694 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Geyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geyer Spelling Variations

Geyer has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Gayre, Gair, Gayer, Gayar, Geyre, Geyer, Gere, Gear and many more.

Early Notables of the Geyer family (pre 1700)

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Geyer migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Geyers to arrive on North American shores:

Geyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Geyer, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Hans Fried Geyer, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1696 [1]
Geyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sebastian Geyer, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Johann Jacob Geyer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1737
  • Joh Adam Geyer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
  • Johann Michael Geyer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
  • Wolf Caspar Geyer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Geyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Gouper Geyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • K. C. Geyer, who settled in Providence, Rhode Island in 1823
  • Charles Louis Geyer, aged 28, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Bartholomew Geyer, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1840 [1]
  • David Geyer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Geyer (post 1700)

  • William Herbert "Bill" Geyer Jr. (1919-2004), American professional American football halfback
  • Gwynne Geyer, American opera tic soprano
  • Jacob Bowman "Rube" Geyer (1884-1962), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Georgie Anne Geyer (b. 1935), American journalist and columnist
  • Stephen Geyer (b. 1950), American songwriter
  • Henry Sheffie Geyer (1790-1859), American politician, lawyer, and soldier
  • John Geyer, American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1813-14 [2]
  • Henry Sheffie Geyer (1790-1859), American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives, 1820-24, 1834-35; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1851-57 [2]
  • George Geyer, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Pike County, 1883-84 [2]
  • Albert F. Geyer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1908; Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 3rd District, 1913-14 [2]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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