Show ContentsDetres History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This Surname was created from the Upper German personal name Dietrich, which is in turn derived from the elements "Diet," meaning "nation or people," and "her," meaning "army."

Early Origins of the Detres family

The surname Detres was first found in Pomerania, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The five sons Peter Deterde (also spelt Dithers) were granted the feudal property of Grapow by the Duke Bolislav in 1514.

Early History of the Detres family

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Detres Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dieter, Deiter, Dieters, Deiters, Dietherr, Deeter, Deter, Deters, Teter, Teters, Dieterlen, Dietherle, Dietert and many more.

Early Notables of the Detres family

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Migration of the Detres family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Dieter, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856; Georg Dieter arrived in Philadelphia in 1729; Hendrick Dieter settled in New York state in 1744.

Contemporary Notables of the name Detres (post 1700) +

  • Ronald Detres, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [1]
  • François Detrès, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from
  2. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 27) François Detrès. Retrieved from on Facebook