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This name is thought to be somehow derived from the Old German word "Geiß," which means "goat."

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The surname Gaiss was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Geist, Geistt, Geisst, Geiste, Geistte, Geisste, Geistes, Geists, Geistts, Giest, Giestt, Giests, Geest, Geisser, Gaisser, Geiss, Gaiss, Geissler and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaiss research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1711, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Gaiss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Eva Gaiss was only 3 when she landed in New York in 1871
  • And Frida Gaiss went to North America in 1890

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  5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Gaiss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaiss Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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