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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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Where is the Geist family from?

You can see how Geist families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Geist family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Geist families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Geist families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 84% of all the recorded Geist's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Geist families in 1840.
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What did your Geist ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Geist. 16% of Geist men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Geist women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Geist were Carpenter and Housework.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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