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

The roots of the distinguished German surname Priebe can be traced back to the duchy of Silesia. The name is an East German/Slavic short form for the name "Pribislav" or "Pribislaw"; as a surname, it indicates "son of Pribislav or Pribislaw." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the name of the medieval township of Pribus; in this case, the surname would indicate someone hailing from this area.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Priebe, Preebe, Prebe, Preibe, Pribe, Priebke and many more.

First found in military states, where the personal name "Pribislaw" was most popular. The name came to be associated with military prowess and victory in battle; it was therefore a common choice for a Christian name and was eventually adopted as a hereditary surname. The first record of Priebe as a surname dates back to 1316; there is a Priebe registered for that year in the Pommersches Urkundenbuch.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priebe research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1413 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Priebe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Priebe Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Herman Priebe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • William Priebe, who landed in Iowa in 1879
  • Martin Priebe, aged 7, arrived in New York, NY in 1885
  • Mathilde Priebe, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1885
  • Wilhelm Priebe, aged 34, arrived in New York, NY in 1885


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  • Jeanette Brooks Priebe (b. 1937), American who instituted the first affirmative action hiring program for the Louisville metro area
  • Karl J. Priebe (1914-1976), American painter whose studies and paintings of birds, exotic animals, and African-American culture won him international recognition


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
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The Priebe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Priebe 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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