Kizer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kizer family

The surname Kizer 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 Kizer family

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

Kizer 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 Kizer include Kaiser, Kaisser, Kaizer, Kayser, Kaysser, Kayzer, Keiser, Keyser, Keisser, Keizer, Kaisling, Kaissling, Keyserling and many more.

Early Notables of the Kizer family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Kizer 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...
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Kizer Ranking

In the United States, the name Kizer is the 5,663rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Kizer family

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 Kizer or a variant listed above: Peter Keyser, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1683; and Dirk Keyser, who arrived there in 1691. They were followed by Georg Friedrich Keyser and Johann Keyser, who came in 1709-10. Jerick Kaiser came to Philadelphia in 1740.


Contemporary Notables of the name Kizer (post 1700) +

  • Noble Kizer (1900-1940), American football player and coach
  • Carolyn Ashley Kizer (b. 1925), American poet awarded the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Thomas Kizer Jr., American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 44th Circuit, 1974 [2]
  • Roland C. Kizer, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1940 [2]
  • Marshall F. Kizer, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 3rd District, 1944; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1948 (alternate), 1952, 1956, 1964 [2]
  • Fernando C. Kizer, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Walworth County, 1889-92 [2]
  • Donald F. Kizer, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, 1925-26 [2]


The Kizer 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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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