Kayser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kayser family

The surname Kayser was first found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Kayser family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kayser research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1715, 1710, 1226, 1595, 1676, 1674, 1739, 1814, 1874, 1647 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Kayser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kayser Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Kayser include Kaiser, Kaisser, Kaizer, Kayser, Kaysser, Kayzer, Keiser, Keyser, Keisser, Keizer, Kaisling, Kaissling, Keyserling and many more.

Early Notables of the Kayser family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Kayser were Pieter de Keyser (c.1595-1676), a Dutch Golden Age architect and sculptor; Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739), German composer; and Friedrich Kaiser (1814-1874), the son of an Austrian...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kayser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Kayser migration to the United States +

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kayser or a variant listed above:

Kayser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • August Kayser, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Caroline Kayser, aged 0, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Agnes Kayser, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Alfred Kayser, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1896
Kayser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amalic Friedr. Kayser, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States from Godesberg, in 1903
  • August Kayser, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Everstan, in 1903
  • Carl Kayser, aged 25, who settled in America from Frankfurt, in 1903
  • Amanda Kayser, aged 9, who settled in America from Germany, in 1905
  • Albert Kayser, aged 23, who settled in America from Winnenden Germany, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Kayser migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kayser Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ludwilla Kayser, aged 35, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Kayser (post 1700) +

  • Allan J. Kayser II (b. 1963), American film and television actor from Littleton, Colorado
  • William Kayser, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1901-02, 1905-06 [1]
  • Tom Kayser, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2004 [1]
  • Marlene Kayser, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Minnesota, 1996 [1]
  • Ida McCabe Kayser, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Minnesota, 1939-40; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1940 [1]
  • George J. Kayser (b. 1850), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1897, 1909 [1]
  • Adolph H. Kayser (1851-1925), American politician, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1914-15 [1]
  • Charles Willy Kayser (1881-1942), German film actor
  • Bernhard Kayser (1869-1954), German ophthalmologist, co-discoverer of the Kayser-Fleischer rings
  • Heinrich Gustav Johannes Kayser (1853-1940), German physicist
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Kayser Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mit Gott fuer Kaiser und Reich
Motto Translation: With God for emperors and realm

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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