Griner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Griner name comes from Middle High German word "gru-ene," which means "greenery." As a surname, it likely evolved from a topographic name for someone who lived in a green and leafy place; or as a habitational name from a place such as Gruna, or Grunau in Silesia.

Early Origins of the Griner family

The surname Griner was first found in Bavaria, where the name Griner was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Important Dates for the Griner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griner research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1696, 1716, 1720, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Griner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Griner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grun, Grün, Grunau, Grunauer, Grunbach, Grundel, Grundemann, Grunder, Grundler, Grundner, Grunenthal, Grünenstein, Grünenwald, Gruner, Gruener, Gruenthal, Gruenbach, Grunfels, Grunhof and many more.

Early Notables of the Griner family (pre 1700)

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Griner migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Griner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Casper Griner, aged 34, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • N Griner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Griner (post 1700)

  • L. L. Griner, American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Ben Hill County, 1923-24; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1924 [2]
  • Clinton B. Griner, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Attorney General, 1916 [2]
  • Carolyn S. Griner (b. 1945), American Acting Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Donald Dexter Griner (1888-1950), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Brittney Yevette Griner (b. 1990), American college women's basketball player
  • Major-General George Wesley Jr. Griner (1895-1975), American Commanding General 98th Division, Pacific (1943-1944) [3]
  • Vera Griner (1890-1992), Russian rhythmitician
  • Wendy Griner (b. 1944), Canadian figure skater

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) George Griner. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Griner/George_Wesley_Jr./USA.html
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