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

This name is derived from Zacharias, the name of an Old Testament Prophet, as well as the father of John the Baptist in the New Testament.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Secrest, Zachreiss, Zecrest, Zacrest, Secreiss, Sacreiss, Sechreiss, Sachreiss, Zachrest, Zachreisst, Zechreiss, Zechreisst, Sacreisst, Secreisst, Secresst, Sacresst, Zecresst and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family were 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Secrest research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1587 is included under the topic Early Secrest History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Secrest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johannes Zachrias, who settled in Philadelphia in 1736; and a Johan Georg Zachrias, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1749.

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The Secrest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Secrest 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.

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