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.

Important Dates for the Leist family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leist research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1740 is included under the topic Early Leist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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Leist migration to the United States

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Leist Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • D'med Yznatz Leist, aged 47, who immigrated to America from Berlin, in 1903
  • Josef Leist, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Stuttgart, in 1906
  • Johanna Leist, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Christoph Leist, aged 20, who immigrated 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 migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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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