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Where did the Dutch Horste family come from? What is the Dutch Horste family crest and coat of arms? When did the Horste family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Horste family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Horst, Horste, Horstt, Horsst, Horrst, Hoorst, Hoorste, Horstes, Horsts, van Horst and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horste research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1741 and 1844 are included under the topic Early Horste History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Horste Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Horste Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Horste, who arrived in Texas in 1844

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  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Horste Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horste 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.

This page was last modified on 14 May 2013 at 10:47.

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