The distinguished German surname Giff is of two possible origins. Firstly, the name is derived from "Gifhorn," the name of a town in the region of Hanover. It was a common practice of the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, in this case, it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a native of Gifhorn who had settled in another city. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old High German "geba," meaning "to give."
Early Origins of the Giff family
The surname Giff was first found in Lower Saxony
, where the name is thought to have emerged. The young Giff family was instrumental during this period, playing a major role in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval German society.
Early History of the Giff family
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Giff Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gift, Giff, Giffey, Giffen, Giffhorn, Gifhorn and others.
Early Notables of the Giff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Giff family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Mathias Gift and his three brothers, Johann Adam, Johann Nicolaus, and Johann Peter Gift, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Pennsylvania in 1750.