nickname surname; that is, it is derived from a nickname given to the original bearer. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demi-gods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans. The surname Geiermann is derived from the Old German word "gir," which means "vulture." It was given to a person known for greedy, predatory ways.
Early Origins of the Geiermann family
Saxony, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. As early as 1288 Johann Gyr appears in mediaeval feudal documents as county ruler in Warburg. As old as these documents may be, the name is also associated with families of ancient nobility in Austria and Franconia (later Hessen). Always prominent in social affairs, the name Geyer became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.
Early History of the Geiermann family
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Geiermann Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Geier, Geyer, Gayer, Gaier, Gire, Gyre, Geyre, Gayre, Geyr and many more.
Early Notables of the Geiermann family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Geiermann family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Jacob Geyer, who came to Philadelphia in 1737; K.C. Geyer came to Providence, Rhode Island in 1823; Andreas Geyer (or Geier), with his wife and two children, came to Texas in 1846..
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