When Charles Anthony Geist was born on 5 July 1878, in Chapman, Dickinson, Kansas, United States, his father, William J. Geist, was 33 and his mother, Margaret Ann Shoffner, was 30. He married Ethel Vivian Smith on 5 September 1907, in Brooklyn, Dane, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Fremont, Colorado, United States in 1935 and Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States in 1940. He died on 26 December 1945, at the age of 67, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States.
German: in most cases a distorted form of Geiss ‘goat’, a metonymic occupational name for a goatherd or nickname for a stubborn person, from Middle High German geiz ‘goat’.
German: topographic or habitational name referring to 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 gēst.