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

The German surname Grother emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

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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 Grother include Grothe, Groth, Grot, Groat, Groete, Groethe, Groet, Groter and many more.

First found in Prussia, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the area from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grother research. Another 202 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1800, 1843, 1883, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Grother History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 52 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grother Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Grothers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Grother Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Geo Grother, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

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The Grother Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grother 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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