Geist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This name is thought to be somehow derived from the Old German word "Geiß," which means "goat."

Early Origins of the Geist family

The surname Geist was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Important Dates for the Geist family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geist research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1711, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Geist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geist Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Geist, Geistt, Geisst, Geiste, Geistte, Geisste, Geistes, Geists, Geistts, Giest, Giestt, Giests, Geest, Geisser, Gaisser, Geiss, Gaiss, Geissler and many more.

Early Notables of the Geist family (pre 1700)

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

Geist migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Geist Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christian Geist, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [1]
  • Ann Geist, who was one of the earliest settlers, went to Maryland in 1677
  • Ann Geist, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [1]
Geist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Geist went to America in 1721
  • Christoph Geist, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Freid Wilhelm Geist, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Friedr Wilhelm Geist, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Hans Jacob Geist, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Geist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jakob Geist, who arrived in America in 1831 [1]
  • Balthasar Geist, who landed in America in 1832 [1]
  • Theodor Geist, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • With Geist, aged 17, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • Johann Wilhelm Geist, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Geist Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Daniel Geist, aged 64, who arrived in America in 1901 [1]
  • Magdalena Geist, aged 55, who arrived in America in 1901 [1]
  • Heinrich Geist, aged 23, who landed in America in 1901 [1]
  • Friedrich Geist, aged 22, who arrived in America in 1901 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Geist (post 1700)

  • William "Willie" Geist (b. 1975), American television host and author
  • Richard Geist (b. 1944), American Republican Party politician in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Kaufman Geist (b. 1895), American Olympic track and field athlete at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Joel Geist (b. 1982), American actor
  • Jackie Geist (b. 1986), American beauty queen, Miss California 2008 and Miss Hollywood 2008
  • George Geist (b. 1955), American Republican Party politicianin the New Jersey State Senate
  • William "Bill" Geist (b. 1945), American author, columnist and television journalist
  • Otto W. Geist (1888-1963), German archaeologist, explorer, and naturalist
  • Michael Allen Geist (b. 1968), Canadian academic

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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