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Early Origins of the Karst family

The surname Karst was first found in Austria, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation.

Early History of the Karst family

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Karst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Karstens, Karsten, Carsten, Carstens, Kersten, Kaersten, Kaerstens, Kerstens, Kirsten, Kirstens, Karst (short form), Kerst, Karsthens, Karsthen, Carsthen, Carsthens, Kersthen, Kaersthen, Kaersthens, Kersthens, Kirsthen, Kirsthens, Karsth (short form), Kersth and many more.

Early Notables of the Karst family (pre 1700)

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Karst Ranking

In the United States, the name Karst is the 15,167th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Karst migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Karst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Jacob Karst, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Jacob Karst, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1743 [2]
Karst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michel Karst, aged 47, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Karst (post 1700) +

  • Raymond Willard Karst (1902-1987), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri (1949-1951)
  • John Gottlieb Karst (1893-1976), American Major League Baseball player who played third base in one game for the 1915 Brooklyn Robins
  • Eugene F. "Gene" Karst (1906-2004), American first dedicated publicist in the history of Major League Baseball
  • Charles Edward "Ed" Karst (1931-1992), American attorney and politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana (1969-1973)
  • Michael Karst (b. 1952), German two-time gold medalist 3000 m steeplechaser
  • Friedrich Karst (1893-1975), Prussian Gneralleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

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  2. 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) on Facebook