Feast History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Feast family

The surname Feast was first found in Austria, 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 with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The name was taken from St. Veit (in Latin, Vitus) who was the patron saint protecting against fire and lightning.

Early History of the Feast family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feast research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1774 is included under the topic Early Feast History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Feast Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Veith, Veit, Veidt, Veid, Vietsch, Feidt, Feit, Veitl, Veitel, Vaith and many more.

Early Notables of the Feast family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Feast were Joseph Veith, who was a prominent librarian in Tyrol. Isak Veith was an eminent doctor and physician in Hall, and...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Feast Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Feast migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Feast Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Feast, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [1]
  • Emily Feast, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [1]
  • Edward Feast, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [1]
  • Henry Feast, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [1]
  • Georgianne Feast, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Feast migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Feast Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Feast, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Feast (post 1700) +

  • Michael William Feast (1926-2019), English-born, South African astronomer, Director of the South African Astronomical Observatory from 1976–1992


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm


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