Show ContentsGröte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Gröte 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.

Early Origins of the Gröte family

The surname Gröte was first found in Prussia, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the area from ancient times.

Early History of the Gröte family

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Gröte Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gröte family (pre 1700)

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Gröte Ranking

In the United States, the name Gröte is the 10,072nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Gröte migration to the United States +

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 Grötes to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Gröte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Grote, who sailed to America in 1780
  • Heinrich Grote, who arrived in America in 1780 [2]
  • Christion Grote, who landed in America in 1783 [2]
  • Jaques Grote, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1797 [2]
Gröte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Rudolph Grote, aged 50, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [2]
  • John Rudolph Grote, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1807
  • Gerd Heinr Grote, who landed in America in 1814-1820 [2]
  • Henry Grote, aged 24, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [2]
  • Heinr Christ Adolph Grote, who landed in America in 1844 [2]
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Gröte Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • August Grote, who arrived in Arkansas in 1902 [2]

Canada Gröte migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gröte Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Christian Grote, who sailed to Canada in 1783
  • Christian Grote, who landed in Canada in 1783

Contemporary Notables of the name Gröte (post 1700) +

  • Kurt David Grote (b. 1973), American two-time gold, Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Gerald Wayne Grote (b. 1942), American retired Major League Baseball catcher for the New York Mets
  • Dennis Grote (b. 1986), German footballer from Kaiserslautern
  • Harriet Grote (1792-1878), English biographer, wife to George Grote
  • John Grote (1813-1866), English moral philosopher and Anglican clergyman from Beckenham
  • Augustus Radcliffe Grote (1841-1903), British entomologist from Liverpool
  • George Grote (1794-1871), English political radical and classical historian from Clay Hill Kent, best known for his History of Greece
  • Grote Reber (1911-2002), American amateur astronomer and pioneer of radio astronomy

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  2. 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) on Facebook