Keizer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Keizer family

The surname Keizer 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 Keizer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keizer 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 Keizer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Keizer Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Keizer include Kaiser, Kaisser, Kaizer, Kayser, Kaysser, Kayzer, Keiser, Keyser, Keisser, Keizer, Kaisling, Kaissling, Keyserling and many more.

Early Notables of the Keizer family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Keizer 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 Keizer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Keizer migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Keizer were

Keizer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mattheus Keizer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
Keizer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johan Jost Keizer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Keizer (post 1700) +

  • Judicus Marinus Henricus Jacobus "Henry" Keizer (1960-2019), Dutch businessman who served as Chairman of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
  • Petrus Johannes "Piet" Keizer (1943-2017), Dutch professional football player


The Keizer 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. ^ 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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