I've been doing research on my Crist family roots, and have encountered conflicting information as to the origin of the CRIST surname. I know that some CRIST families can trace their ancestry back to Germany. But I've heard other theories, and I thought I should toss them into the mire for your consideration, critique, whatever's your flavor :)
I've read that the CRIST name was derived from a 12th century Welsh Duke named "Duke of Christie".
I've also read that the CRIST name is a variation of the GILCHRIST name, which, in turn, is a sept of the clan McGlaughlin.
The Romantic in me would like to believe that the CRIST surname is of Celtic origins, but it very well may be a product of Germany. Has anyone done studies on the history of surname variations/changes/etc.? Has anyone ever come across the same theories that I listed above?
Any help would be met with much appreciation and excitement. Thank you.