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Where did the German Groesbeck family come from? When did the Groesbeck family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Groesbeck family history?

The history of the Groesbeck family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Groesbeck is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Groesbeck is a name for a large person. This family name is derived from the German word gross, indicating prodigious size.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Groesbeck include Gross, Grose, Groes, Grosse, Groess, Groesse and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Guenther Gross, founder of the Bavarian line von Trockau, appeared as early as 1097, when he fought under Gottfried von Bouillon against the infidels; after his period of service he settled in Franconia.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groesbeck research. Another 188 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1501 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Groesbeck History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Groesbeck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Groesbeck surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Groesbeck Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Claes Jacobse Groesbeck, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Claes Groesbeck, who landed in Albany, NY in 1624

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  • Alexander Joseph Groesbeck (1873-1953), American politician, Governor of the state of Michigan (1921-1927)
  • William Slocum Groesbeck (1815-1897), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio


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