Grasser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Grasser is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Lincolnshire.
Early Origins of the Grasser family
The surname Grasser was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Grasser family
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Grasser Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Grasser family name include Crass, Crassus, Cras, Craas, Crace, Craise, Craze, Grass, Grasse, Gras and many more.
Early Notables of the Grasser family (pre 1700)
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Grasser migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Grasser surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Grasser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Adam Grasser, who arrived in Ohio in 1837 
- Joseph Grasser, who landed in Ohio in 1854 
- Bernhard Grasser, who arrived in Iowa in 1866 
Contemporary Notables of the name Grasser (post 1700) +
- Hartmann Grasser, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 103 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)