Faust History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German province known as the Rhineland is the ancestral home of the Faust family. The German people originally used only one name, but as the population grew there was often confusion between people of the same name. This required people to adopt hereditary surnames. Many people took surnames based on nicknames - sometimes known as eke-names - that described certain personal characteristics. Faust is a name for a person who was strong and pugnacious and was derived from the Old German word "fust," which meant "fist."

Early Origins of the Faust family

The surname Faust was first found in Strasbourg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family in Bavaria and in the Rhine region with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Faust family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faust research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1540, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Faust History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faust Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Faust include Faust, Fauste, Fausst, Fausste, Fauss, Fausse and others.

Early Notables of the Faust family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Faust Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Faust migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Faust, or one of its variants above:

Faust Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Philip Faust, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Johan Peter Faust, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Johan Philip Faust, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Johann Philip Faust, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Melchior Faust, who arrived in America in 1739 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Faust Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannis Faust, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Georg Faust, who landed in America in 1809 [1]
  • A. Faust, who settled in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1820
  • Nicolaus Faust, who arrived in North America in 1837 [1]
  • Charles Faust, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Faust migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Faust Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Friedrich Faust, who arrived in Canada in 1783 at the age of 24
  • Friedrich Faust, who landed in Canada in 1783
Faust Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Widow Faust, who landed in Manitoba in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Faust (post 1700) +

  • James E. Faust (1920-2007), American leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Drew Gilpin Faust (b. 1947), American historian and 28th president of Harvard University
  • Christa Faust (b. 1969), American author
  • Frederick Schiller Faust (1892-1944), American author, who used the pen name Max Brand
  • Lauren Faust (b. 1974), American animator
  • John Bernard Faust (b. 1898), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Buenos Aires, 1927; Asuncion, 1929; Paris, 1932; U.S. Consul in Santiago, 1936-40 [2]
  • John Faust (b. 1925), American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1917; Recorder's court judge in Michigan, 1920-25 [2]
  • Jerry Faust, American politician, Mayor of St. Anthony, Minnesota; Elected 2011 [2]
  • Howard Faust, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Lenawee County, 1961 [2]
  • Daniel Faust, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Columbia, South Carolina, 1835 [2]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  • Ernst Faust (1919-1941), German Funkgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

Suggested Readings for the name Faust +

  • 1988 Descendants of John Faust, 1797-1887 and Elizabeth Bachart, 1801-1864 by Lillian and Leroy Faust, The Family of John Foust (also Faust) and Anna Barbara Allebrecht and Allied Families by Mozette Foust, Faust-Foust Family in America by Howard M. Faust.

  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 2016, March 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

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