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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gruben, Grubbe, Grubben, Grüben, Grubel, Grubendal, Gruber, Grüber, Grubenhaus and many more.

First found in Mecklenburg, where the name Gruben contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the Gruben family name branched into other houses, where their influence continued to be felt because of the important role they played in the local social and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grobbelaar research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1645, 1774, 1805, 1867, 1645 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Grobbelaar History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grobbelaar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Carl Friederich Grobler, who came to Philadelphia in 1752.

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  • Bruce David Grobbelaar (b. 1957), former Rhodesian/Zimbabwean-South African-British football goalkeeper
  • General Pieter Grobbelaar DSO (1908-1988), South African Army Defence Force head, from 1961 to 1965


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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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The Grobbelaar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grobbelaar 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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