Geist Family History

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Geist Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a goatherd or nickname for a stubborn person, from Middle High German geiz ‘goat’. German: habitational name for someone who lived in a house marked by the sign of the Holy Spirit (normally depicted as a dove), from Middle High German geist ‘spirit’. Both Geist and Heilgeist occur as house signs in Frankfurt am Main in the mid–14th century. North German: topographic name for someone who lived in an area of barren sandy soil, Middle Low German gest.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Reis, Geiss, Gest, Feist, Leist, Gast, Gerst, Weiss, Oest, Geiser

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Geist Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Geist name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Geist. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • France


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Geist Family Origin

Where is the Geist family from?

Geist Family Occupations

What did your Geist ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Geist. A less common occupation for the Geist family was Keeping House. The most common Geist occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Geist's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Geist ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Geist Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Geist. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Geist census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Geist. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Geist. For the veterans among your Geist ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Geist Life Expectancy

What is the average Geist lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Geist life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Geist in 1944 was 28, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Geist ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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