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The name Armbrister is derived from the German word "armbrust" meaning "crossbow;" as such, it was an occupational name perhaps for a soldier, who used a crossbow, or perhaps for a maker of crossbows.

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The surname Armbrister was first found in Baden-Wurttemberg and northern Switzerland, where the name has been found in records dating from the 14th century. In 1326, there was a house known as the Armbruster house," in Strassburg (Urkundenbuch der Stadt Strassburg, von H. Witte, III, 251). Mesiter Ulrich der Armbroster of Regensburg was the bow-maker, or Armbrister, of the town of Heilbronn (Urkundenbuch der Stadt Heilbronn I, 203,) while Maister Hanns Armbroster was the town archer, or bow-maker, of Rottweil (Urkundenbuch der Stadt Rottweil, 372).

Spelling variations of this family name include: Armbruster, Armbroster, Armbriester, Armpruster and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armbrister research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armbrister History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armbrister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Armbrister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Franz Armbrister, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Josef Armbrister, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Mrs. W.E. Armbrister, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Henry Armbrister, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1896

Armbrister Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • George W. Armbrister, aged 38, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Helbert T. Armbrister, aged 5, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • Cyril Armbrister, aged 12, who landed in America from Nassau, Bahamas, in 1908
  • Eugine Armbrister, aged 47, who landed in America from Nassau, Bahamas, in 1911
  • Edith L. Armbrister, aged 48, who emigrated to America from Nassau, Bahamas, in 1920


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  • Edison Rosanda "Ed" Armbrister (b. 1948), American retired Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Kenneth L. Armbrister (b. 1946), American politician, Democratic member of the Texas Senate
  • Kenneth L. Armbrister (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 32nd District, 1983-86; Member of Texas State Senate 18th District, 1987-2006
  • Hazel K. Armbrister, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000


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