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Where did the French Rast family come from? What is the French Rast family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rast family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rast family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Durastel, de Rastel, Durastelle, Lerostel, Lerastel, Leraustell, Rastel, Rostelle, Roustel, Rostel, Durostel, Durostelle, Duroustel, Duroustell, Duroustelle, Durasstel, Durasstelle, Duraustel, Duraustell, Duraustelle, Derostel, Derostelle, Deroustel, Deroustelle, Derasstel, Derasstelle, Derastelle, Derastel, Deraustell, Deraustelle, Lerostelle, Leroustel, Leroustelle, Lerasstel, Lerasstelle, Lerastelle, Leraustel, Leraustelle, Roustell, Roustelle, Rasstel, Rasstelle, Rastelle, Raustel, Raustell, Raustelle, Rostal, Rostalle, Durostal and many more.

First found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where this distinguished family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rast research. Another 306 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1267, 1286, 1641, 1656, 1695, and 1708 are included under the topic Early Rast History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rast Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rast Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Rast, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

Rast Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Lorenz Rast, who landed in Buffalo, NY in 1845

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  7. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
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  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Rast Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rast 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 23 September 2010 at 15:38.

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