Geist (plural Geists)
- A surname, from German.
- According to the 2010 United States Census, Geist is the 5802nd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 5966 individuals. Geist is most common among White (95.34%) individuals.
- Hanks, Patrick, editor (2003), “Geist”, in Dictionary of American Family Names, volume 2, New York City: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 27.
From Middle High German geist, from Old High German geist, from Proto-West Germanic *gaist, from Proto-Germanic *gaistaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰóysdos (“anger, agitation”). Cognate with Dutch geest, West Frisian geast, English ghost, Swedish gast, Persian زشت (zešt, “ugly, hateful, disgusting”).
- (Christianity) the Holy Spirit; Holy Ghost
- mind, wit
- ghost; spook
- Synonym: Gespenst
- (Egoistic philosophy) spook