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The Greathouse surname comes from the Low German words "grot(h)," meaning "large," or "great," and "haus," meaning "house;" thus the name may have been topographic, for someone who lived in or by a large house or farmstead,

Greathouse Early Origins



The surname Greathouse was first found in East Prussia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. They were originally seated in Courland and Livonia in the 13th century.

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Greathouse Spelling Variations


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Greathouse Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Groethausen, Groithausen, Grothusen, Grothaus, Gothuss and many more.

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Greathouse Early History


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Greathouse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greathouse research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1627 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Greathouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greathouse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greathouse Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Greathouse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greathouse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Chas. A. Greathouse, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Ema Ribeyre Greathouse, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Thomas Greathouse, aged 39, who settled in America in 1915

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greathouse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greathouse (post 1700)



  • Clarence Ridgely Greathouse (1846-1899), American journalist, lawyer, and diplomat who lead the investigation into the murder of Queen Min in October 1895
  • William Marvin Greathouse (1919-2011), American minister and emeritus general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene
  • Kyle "Cage" Greathouse (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • Michael Greathouse (b. 1969), American artist
  • Shiloh Greathouse, American professional skateboarder
  • Elery "Ed" Guy Greathouse (b. 1899), American boxer who competed at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Duane Greathouse, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956, 1960, 1964
  • Charles A. Greathouse, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Indiana, 1929; Secretary of Democratic National Committee, 1929
  • Asa B. Greathouse, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920, 1924, 1928
  • Ray Greathouse (d. 1919), American Forest Service district ranger, and WWI soldier, for whom Greathouse Peak in the Snowy Mountains of Montana is named

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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    The Greathouse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greathouse Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 November 2015 at 11:29.

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