Gast History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Gast family
The surname Gast was first found in Hamburg, where the name 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. The family name is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.
Early History of the Gast family
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Gast Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gaas, Gaes, Gaest, Gaesdon, Gas, Gascher, Gascon, Gascq, Gasele, Gäsler, Gasol, Gass, Gasse, Gasser, Gast, Gaste, Gastel and many more.
Early Notables of the Gast family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time included Florian Leopold Gassmann, born May 4, 1723, at Brüx in Bohemia : in 1736 ran away from his father who wished to educate him as a merchant. By playing the harp he worked his way to Bologna, where he studied for two years under Padre Martini. He then entered the service of Count Leonardi Veneri at Venice, and his compositions were soon in...
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In the United States, the name Gast is the 8,932nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
| Gast migration to the United States ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gast Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Roam Gast, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 
- Johan Nickel Gast, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 
- Johann Christian Gast, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 
- John Gast, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1792 
Gast Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anna Gast, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 
- Hans Gast, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 
- Hans Georg Gast, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 
- A Gast, who arrived in North America in 1832 
- Henrich Gast, who landed in America in 1836 
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Gast (post 1700) ||+|
- Leon Gast (1936-2021), American Academy Award winning documentary film director, producer, cinematographer, and editor, known for When We Were Kings (1996), Manny (2014) and Smash His Camera (2010)
- Paul Werner Gast (1930-1973), American geochemist and geologist, a pioneer in the use of rubidium-strontium and uranium-lead radiometric dating methods for rocks
- Margaret Gast (1876-1968), born Margareta Nagengast, a German-born, American racing cyclist, inducted to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame
- John Walter Gast (b. 1989), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
- John Gast (1842-1896), Prussian-born, American painter, printer and lithographer
- Eric M. Gast (b. 1968), American music industry professional
- Alice Petry Gast (b. 1958), American-born, British 16th President of Imperial College London in London, United Kingdom (2014-)
- Wolfgang Gast (1919-1988), German Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant) in the Waffen-SS during World War II, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
- Silke Gast (b. 1972), German javelin thrower at the 1994 European Championships
- John Gast (1772-1837), English shipwright and labour activist, an early trade unionist
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- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- 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)