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The roots of the distinguished surname Kwast lie in the region of Pomerania. The name literally means "whisk" or "frond," and was used to indicate the bathhouse operator, whose duty it was to rub the bathers with a "quast." Alternatively, the name Kwast may be derived from "Quast," the name of a city located in Mecklenburg. In this case, the name would have been initially borne by someone who hailed from this city.

Kwast Early Origins



The surname Kwast was first found in North Germany, where it is thought to have originated. The earliest known bearer of the name was Arnold Quast, who was a citizen of Rostock in 1314. The young Kwast family was a major contributor during this early period, playing a crucial role in the development of medieval German society.

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Kwast Spelling Variations


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Kwast Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Quast, Quastt, Kwast, Quest, Questd and others.

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Kwast Early History


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Kwast Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kwast research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1331, 1349, 1613, 1670, 1620, 1814 and 1891 are included under the topic Early Kwast History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kwast Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kwast Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kwast Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kwast Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Kwast, who landed in America in 1885

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Kwast Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kwast Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 June 2014 at 10:23.

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