Gerst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gerst family

The surname Gerst was first found in Baden, 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.

Early History of the Gerst family

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Gerst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gerst, Garst, Gerster, Garster, Garstel, Gerstel and others.

Early Notables of the Gerst family (pre 1700)

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United States Gerst migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Jacob Gerst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Johannes Gerst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Johan Wedel Gerst, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Dewald Gerst, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Friederich Gerst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gerst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jeanette Gerst, who arrived in North America in 1832 [1]
  • Joh Gerst, who landed in North America in 1832 [1]
  • Caroline Gerst, who arrived in North America in 1832 [1]
  • Adam Gerst, who settled in New York in 1837
  • Jacob Gerst, aged 30, who landed in Missouri in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gerst (post 1700) +

  • Leon Gerst, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 16th District, 1936 [2]
  • Dr. Alexander Gerst (b. 1976), German European Space Agency astronaut and geophysicist, part of the International Space Station crew from May to November 2014


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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