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The surname Keiser 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.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Keiser include Kaiser, Kaisser, Kaizer, Kayser, Kaysser, Kayzer, Keiser, Keyser, Keisser, Keizer, Kaisling, Kaissling, Keyserling and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keiser research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1715, 1710, 1226, 1595, 1676, 1674, 1739, 1814 and 1874 are included under the topic Early Keiser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keiser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Keiser or a variant listed above:

Keiser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Keiser, who arrived in Carolina in 1734
  • Johannes Keiser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Rodolff Keiser, who arrived in Carolina in 1734
  • Verena Keiser, who landed in Carolina in 1734
  • Leonhart Keiser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749


Keiser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hertz Keiser, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • E Keiser, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Keiser, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Charlotte Keiser, aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1860
  • George Keiser, who arrived in Ohio in 1865


Keiser Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John F. Keiser arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849

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  • William H. Keiser, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • Vernon R. Keiser, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 19th Circuit, 1957
  • Robert L. Keiser, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Sao Paulo, 1916-17; U.S. Consul in Colombo, 1920-21; Tegucigalpa, 1922
  • Peter Keiser (1805-1890), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1847-48, 1867
  • Levi Keiser, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1924
  • Katherine H. Keiser, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948
  • Jacob Keiser, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1888
  • Jacob Keiser (b. 1838), American politician, Member of Indiana State Senate, 1881-83
  • Hugh V. Keiser, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1940
  • Addison A. Keiser (1871-1959), American Republican politician, Mayor of Ludington, Michigan

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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

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  2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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  6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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