Where did the German Kaiser family come from? What is the German coat of arms/family crest? When did the Kaiser family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Kaiser include Kaiser, Kaisser, Kaizer, Kayser, Kaysser, Kayzer, Keiser, Keyser, Keisser, Keizer, Kaisling, Kaissling, Keyserling and many more.
First found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history.
After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Kaiser were Peter Keyser, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1683; and Dirk Keyser, who arrived there in 1691. They were followed by Georg Friedrich Keyser and Johann Keyser, who came in 1709-10. Jerick Kaiser came to Philadelphia in 1740.
Motto Translated: With God for emperors and realm
Suggested Readings for the name Kaiser
* Idaho Homestead by William J. Kiser.
* Sandy Ridge-Powers Kinfolks by Esther Kiser.
Some noteworthy people of the name Kaiser
* Henry Jon Kaiser (1882-1967), American industrialist and founder of more than 100 companies including Kaiser Aluminum and Kaiser Steel
* Philip Kaiser (b. 1913), was American Ambassador to Hungary and Austria and the managing director of the Encyclopedia Britannica
* Edgar F. Kaiser (b. 1908), was Chief Exec. Officer of Kaiser Industries in Oakland, and former advisor to President Johnson.
* Georg Kaiser (1878-1945), who was a writer of the Expressionist movement
* Philip Kaiser (b. 1912), retired U.S. diplomat, former ambassador to Hungary and austria
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