Show ContentsChristner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Christner is a proud sign of a rich and ancient Austrian ancestry. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Early Origins of the Christner family

The surname Christner was first found in Austria, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Christner family

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Christner Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Christner include Christ, Crist, Kirst, Kist, Kierst, Kryste, Chryste and many more.

Early Notables of the Christner family (pre 1700)

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Christner Ranking

In the United States, the name Christner is the 9,148th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Christner family

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Christner were Eva Catherina, who at the age of 31; landed in Philadelphia in 1733; as did Magdalena Christ at age 44. Balthasar Christ came to Philadelphia in 1763.

Contemporary Notables of the name Christner (post 1700) +

  • Gil Christner (b. 1953), American actor, writer and comedian

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