Gaster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Gaster lie in the region of Bavaria. The name is derived from the German word "Gasse," meaning "street, alley," and denotes someone who lives either on the main road of the village or in an alley.

Early Origins of the Gaster family

The surname Gaster was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. One of the earliest known bearers of the name was Arnold in der gassen, who was a citizen of Ober-Alpfen in 1266.

Early History of the Gaster family

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Gaster Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gasser, Gassier, Gässler, Gassner, Gassur, Gaster, Gesser, Gesner, Gauser, Gausser, Casser, Kasser, Kausser, Kauser, Gassaway, Gasse, Gass, Gess, Gässer, Gässner and many more.

Early Notables of the Gaster family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gaster family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bernard Gassner, who settled in Louisiana in 1720 with his wife and their two children, Peter Gasser and his wife Magdalena Springer, who came to Pennsylvania in 1738 with their four children, Franziskus Gasser, a Hessian mercenary who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia after fighting in the American Revolution, Casper Gassner, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1743.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaster (post 1700) +

  • Theodor Gaster (1906-1992), British-born, American Biblical scholar, son of Moses Gaster
  • Jean-Paul Gaster (b. 1971), American drummer for rock band Clutch
  • Moses Gaster (1856-1939), Romanian-born, British rabbi and scholar
  • Michael Gaster, British aerospace engineer, Professor of Experimental Aerodynamics, at City University, London
  • Jacob "Jack" Gaster (1907-2007), British communist solicitor and politician. son of Moses Gaster on Facebook