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Type Surname (from location, from given name & ornamental)
Pronounced Pron. Gie-zhul-hahrt(Silesian German, Lombardic, Old High German)  [key]
Other Forms FormsGeiselnahme, Geiselnehmer, Geiselhaft, Geiseldrama, Geisels, Geisel, Geissel, Geiseln

Meaning & History

Possibly after the Geisel, a river in Saxony-Anhalt, which likely received its name from either the Lombardic patronym Giso, meaning "noble, precious promise" or from the Old High German gewi, from the Gothic gavi, or gaujis, a which is a medieval term for a "region within a country", often a former or actual province combined with the suffix Hart, which means "stag", and comes from the Middle English hert and the Old English heort.

Geiselhart could also come from the Proto-Germanic gīslaz, meaning "hostage" combined with Hart, which has roots in the Middle English hert and the Old English heort, meaning "stag".
Added 4/29/2020 by jenna.lucille