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Where did the English Griese family come from? What is the English Griese family crest and coat of arms? When did the Griese family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Griese family history?

The Griese surname is thought to be derived from the Middle English word "grice," which is in turn from the Old French "gris," meaning "grey." It was most likely originally a nickname for a grey-haired man. Although, there was also a Middle English word "grise," which meant "pig."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Grice, Gryce, Gryse, Grise, Grisewood, DeGrice, Grycie and many more.

First found in Norfolk where conjecturally they were, in 1066, Lords of the Manor of Brockdish, the King's land, whose feudal Lord was William de Noyers, Count of Nevers seated originally at Poitevin and St-Cyr de Nevers in Normandy. Sir William also held Grayhurst Manor through Bishop Odo from King William of Normandy. From this family also descend the Lords Monson and Viscounts Castlemaine. The original estates were sold in 1327. The village now consists of a church, St.Edmunds, which has both Saxon and Norman windows, obviously predating the Norman Conquest by many years.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griese research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1555 is included under the topic Early Griese History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Griese family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Griese Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johannes Griese, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752

Griese Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Griese, who landed in Indiana in 1852
  • Willhelm Griese, who landed in Arkansas in 1899

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The Griese Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Griese Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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