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Gist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Welsh


The surname Gist is derived from the Old English word "giest," which in turn comes from the Old Norse Word "gestr," both of which mean "guest" or "stranger." This name was most likely originally a nickname for a guest or stranger, which then became a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the Gist family


The surname Gist was first found in County Worcestershire where Richard Thomas Guest held lands and manors in the county of Worcestershire in 1275, as listed in the Subsidy Rolls for that county. Perhaps the earliest record of the name is of Beowoldus Gest, who lived in 1100 as listed in the book "Old English Bynames."

Early History of the Gist family


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Another 282 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1275, 1327, 1377, 1706, and 1759 are included under the topic Early Gist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gist Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gest, Gist, Guest and others.

Early Notables of the Gist family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gist family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gist Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Gist, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1679 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Edeth Gist, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Gist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Gist, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Adam Gist, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Gist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Y. Gist, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Gist Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Henry Gist, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1904
  • M. C. Gist, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1904
  • James Rapson Gist, aged 26, who settled in America from Callington, England, in 1909
  • Annie/Henr. Gist, aged 19, who settled in America from Callington, England, in 1909
  • Edwin J. Gist, aged 26, who landed in America from Clovelly, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gist (post 1700)


  • Lieutenant Francis J. Gist, United States Navy co-pilot and navigator on Operation Highjump, eponym of Mount Gist, Antarctica
  • William Henry Gist (1807-1874), American politician, the 68th Governor of South Carolina (1858 to 1860)
  • Joseph Gist (1775-1836), American politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
  • Carole Anne-Marie Gist (b. 1969), first African American woman to win the Miss USA title
  • Nathaniel Gist (1733-1812), American colonel, born in Maryland, fought during the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War, reputed father of Sequoyah the famous Cherokee
  • Robert Gist (1917-1998), American actor and film director, one time husband of Agnes Moorehead
  • Mordecai Gist (1743-1792), American general who commanded the Maryland Line in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Christopher Gist (1706-1759), American explorer, surveyor and frontiersman, one of the first white explorers of the Ohio Country
  • States Rights Gist (1831-1864), American lawyer from Union South Carolina, Confederate Army brigadier general who served in the American Civil War
  • James Clough Gist III (b. 1986), American professional NBA basketball player

Suggested Readings for the name Gist


  • Our Guest Is Your Guess: With Related Families of Biss, Jones, Gimbel, and Gist: Including Over One Thousand Surnames by Patricia Ann Guest.

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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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