Kist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Kist is a proud sign of a rich and ancient Austrian ancestry. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.
Early Origins of the Kist family
The surname Kist was first found in Austria, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
Early History of the Kist family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kist research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1811, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Kist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kist 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 Kist include Christ, Crist, Kirst, Kist, Kierst, Kryste, Chryste and many more.
Early Notables of the Kist family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Kist is the 16,871st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Kist 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 Kist were
Kist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Engel Benigna Kist, who arrived in America in 1839 
- Matthias Kist, who landed in Brazil in 1856 
- Amalie Kist, originally from Germany, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Westernland" from Antwerp, Belgium 
Kist Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Johannas Kist, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Edgar F. Luckenbach" from Rotterdam, Netherlands 
Contemporary Notables of the name Kist (post 1700) +
- Cesar Kist (b. 1964), Brazilian former professional tennis player
- Kees Kist (b. 1952), Dutch retired football striker
- Christian Kist (b. 1986), Dutch professional darts player
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- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J65R-BZP : 6 December 2014), Amalie Kist, 17 Aug 1892; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Westernland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66W-6PV : 6 December 2014), Johannas Kist, 04 Aug 1920; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Edgar F. Luckenbach, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).