Ancient and noble German family, of clear and ancestral virtue, with a main branch in Austria, that has worldwide spread, over the centuries. The first references to the family are found already at the end of the thirteenth century, when a Leycht Kast flourished in East Prussia. Subsequently, in the year 1398, a Jäk Kast appeared as captain of the castle of Füssen while in 1648 a Walther Kast resided in Hamburg as a legal scholar. However, it was during the eighteenth century that the family appeared permanently in Wertheim, the city where Johann Georg Carl was born. In 1798 he moved to Nuremberg as successor to the pharmacist Merkel and in this city he received confirmation of his ancestral nobility. As can also be seen from some common elements in the coats of arms, the Kast family flourished in Austria is of the same agnation of the one above ...
Quarterly: 1.° argent, a boy issant vested azure with the cap argent holding with his dexter hand a rose gules botonné or stalked and leaved vert; 2.° azure, a chevronel ployé or between three rose of four petals argent; 3.° azure, a lion or issant from wooden chest proper holding three wheat ears or; 4.° party per pale; a. ermine, on a saltire gules, a crescent or; b. gules; a lion's head erased or between three stars of the same. Three helmets crowned. Crest: 1.° a lion issant and contourné or holding three wheat ears of the same; lambrequin: or and azure. 2.° the boy of the first between two elephant's trunks per fesse, dexter argent and azure, sinister azure and or; lambrequin: dexter argent and azure, sinister or and azure. 3.° a lion issant or holdinq with his paws a star of the same; lambrequin: or and gules. Supports: dexter a grffin or; sinister a ram proper.
Coat of arms of family Kast from Elbelsberg; source: "Armorial Général par J.B.Rietstap - Deuxième èdition refondue et augmentée - Tome I A-K"
Azure; a lion or double queued or issant from a chest of the same holding three wheat ears or.
Coat of arms of family Kast in Nuremberg; source: Siebmacher's großes und allgemeines Wappenbuch, Bd. 5 (Bürgerliche Geschlechter Deutschlands und der Schweiz), 6. Abt.: Neunzehnhundertfünfundvierzig bürgerliche Wappen, Nürnberg 1901, 88.
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