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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Jost, Joste, Jostes, Jostt, Jostts, Jostte, Josttes, Josst, Jossts, Joost, Joosts, Joostt, Yost and many more.

First found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the name Jost became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yost research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1719 is included under the topic Early Yost History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yost Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hiester Yost, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1740
  • Francis Yost, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • Nicholas Yost, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • Casper Yost, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760
  • Michael Yost, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764

Yost Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Yost, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • George Peter Yost, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • George Peter Yost, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1833
  • John Nicholas Yost, who landed in Maryland in 1837
  • Jacob Yost, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845


  • Fielding Harris Yost (1871-1946), American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator
  • Edward Frederick Joseph Yost (b. 1926), former American professional baseball player
  • Edgar Frederick "Ned" Yost (b. 1955), former American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Christopher Yost (b. 1973), American film, animation and comic book writer
  • David Harold Yost (b. 1969), American actor and producer
  • Paul Edward Yost (1919-2007), American inventor of the modern hot air balloon
  • Joseph W. Yost (1847-1923), prominent American architect from Ohio
  • Dorothy Yost (1899-1967), American screenwriter
  • Herbert Yost (1879-1945), American actor of the silent era
  • Casper Salathiel Yost (1863-1941), longtime editor of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat



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The Yost Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yost 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 18 April 2014 at 14:12.

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