Geiges History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Geiges 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. Geiges is a name for a musician or a person who played the violin. The name Geiges is derived from the Old German word "gigaere," which means "violinist" or "fiddle player."

Early Origins of the Geiges family

The surname Geiges 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.

Early History of the Geiges family

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Geiges Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Geiges include Geiger, Geige, Geyger, Gieger, Geygher, Geigher and many more.

Early Notables of the Geiges family (pre 1700)

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United States Geiges migration to the United States +

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Geiges, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Geiges Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Geiges, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Anna Geiges, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Sophie Geiges, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Geiges Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Maria Geiges, aged 65, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Josef Geiges, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mali Geiges, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Parkas Geiges, aged 14, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Antonio Geiges, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Geiges (post 1700) +

  • Elwood Geiges, American college football coach for the Temple University Owls (c. 1917)
  • Adrian Geiges (b. 1960), German writer and journalist


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