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The surname Geiger is a German occupational surname that evolved in the region known as the Rhineland. Germans at first used only one name, but population growth and increased travel in medieval times caused confusion between people of the same name, forcing the people to adopt hereditary surnames. These names often identified people by the kind of work they did. Geiger is a name for a musician or a person who played the violin. The name Geiger is derived from the Old German word "gigaere," which means "violinist" or "fiddle player."

Geiger Early Origins



The surname Geiger was first found in the Rhine region, 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.

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Geiger Spelling Variations


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Geiger Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Geiger include Geiger, Geige, Geyger, Gieger, Geygher, Geigher and many more.

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Geiger Early History


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Geiger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geiger research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1775 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Geiger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Geiger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Geiger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Geiger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Geiger, or one of its variants above:

Geiger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • A M Geiger, who arrived in America in 1722
  • Hans Jergen Geiger, who came to Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children in 1727
  • Hans Jerg Geiger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Michael Geiger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Johan Paul Geiger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Geiger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johannes Geiger, who landed in America in 1800
  • Jacob Geiger, aged 54, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Valentine Geiger, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • Fidel Geiger, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Catharina Geiger, aged 11, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Geiger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wilhelmine Geiger, aged 20, arrived in New Jersey in 1923
  • Friedericke Geiger, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1923
  • Martin Geiger, who arrived in South America in 1924
  • Katharina Geiger, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1925
  • Elisabeth Geiger, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1927
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Geiger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Geiger (post 1700)



  • Teddy Geiger (b. 1988), American singer and guitarist
  • Matt Geiger (b. 1969), American basketball player
  • Jacob Casson Geiger (1885-1981), American public health physician
  • Abraham Geiger (1810-1874), German reform rabbi
  • Rudolf Geiger (1894-1981), German meteorologist and climatologist
  • Theodor Geiger (1891-1952), German sociologist
  • Ludwig Geiger (1848-1919), German literary historian
  • Hans Geiger (1882-1945), inventor of the radiation measurement device that bears his name
  • Arno Geiger (b. 1968), Austrian writer
  • Johann Nepomuk Geiger (1805-1880), Viennese court painter
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Geiger


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Suggested Readings for the name Geiger



  • A Brief Digest of the Geiger Family in Missouri by Erwin J. Otis.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    11. ...

    The Geiger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Geiger 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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