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

The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Grunewalelt surname. Grunewalelt was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Grunewalelt was a name for someone who lived close to the village green. Grunewalelt is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Grunewalelt include Gruenwald, Gruenewald, Gruenenwald, Grunewald, Gruenwalt, Grunewalt, Grunenwaldt, Grunewalelt, Grunwald, Grunwaldt and many more.

First found in Rhineland, (Strasbourg) where since ancient times the Grunwald family made significant contributions to the region's feudal society. Subsequently, the family became prominent in local affairs and often merged with other distinguished families, some of whom played important roles in the territorial conflicts of the period.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grunewalelt research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1460 and 1528 are included under the topic Early Grunewalelt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grunewalelt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Grunewalelt, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Grunewalelt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Grunewalelt arrived in St. Clair County, Illinois in 1854
  • Henry Grunewalelt, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1854

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