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Leist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms




Early Origins of the Leist family


The surname Leist was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Leist family


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Leist Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Listner, Leistner, Leist, Liestner and others.

Early Notables of the Leist family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Leist family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Maria Leist, who settled in North America in 1854
  • Eckard Leist, who settled in New York, NY in 1856
  • Adolf Leist, aged 31, who landed in America from Frankenthal, in 1892
  • Caroline Leist, aged 2, who settled in America from Mannheim, in 1892
  • Elise Leist, aged 33, who landed in America from Mannheim, in 1892
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Leist Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • D'med Yznatz Leist, aged 47, who emigrated to America from Berlin, in 1903
  • Josef Leist, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Stuttgart, in 1906
  • Johanna Leist, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Christoph Leist, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Bremen, Germany, in 1907
  • Adolf Leist, aged 26, who settled in America from Karpfenberg, Steiermark., in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leist Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Maria Leist, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Leist (post 1700)


  • William H. Leist, American politician, Representative from Ohio 7th District, 1906
  • Reiner Leist (b. 1964), German-born, American photographer
  • Burkard Wilhelm Leist (1819-1906), German jurist
  • Arthur Leist (1852-1927), German writer and journalist
  • Julian Leist (b. 1988), German footballer
  • Frederick William Leist (1878-1945), Australian artist, an official war artist with Australian forces in Europe during World War I

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