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Where did the English Keyser family come from? When did the Keyser family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Keyser family history?The origins of the Keyser surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who behaved in an imperious manner or it may have also referred to someone who played the part of an emperor in a pageant or play. Keyser is derived from the German word kaiser, which means emperor. This was originally derived from the German word keiser, which in turn came from the Old German word keisar; these both were derived from the Latin imperial title Caesar, which was originally a family name. The most famous members of this family are the great Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar and his adopted son Augustus Caesar, who was the first Roman Emperor. The German title Kaiser was used by the Holy Roman Emperors from Otto I, who ascended the throne in 962 to Francis II, who relinquished the title in 1806. The surname Keyser was often brought to England by German settlers, many of whom were imported as laborers following the Norman Conquest in 1066.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Keyser has been recorded under many different variations, including Kaiser, Kaeser, Kaser, Keiser, Keaser, Kesser, Keysar, Keyser, Cayser and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keyser research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1273, 1663, 1670, and 1739 are included under the topic Early Keyser History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Keyser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Keyser family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Keyser or a variant listed above:
Keyser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Keyser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Keyser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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