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Early Origins of the Grete family


The surname Grete was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1201 when Philip Grete held lands.

Early History of the Grete family


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Grete Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Greet, Grete, Greetan, Greeton, Greep, Greeter and others.

Early Notables of the Grete family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Grete family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Grete (post 1700)


  • Grete Anni Berget (1954-2017), Norwegian politician, Norwegian Minister of Children and Families (1991–1996)
  • Grete Reinwald (1902-1983), German actress, known for Die Frau ohne Geld (1925), Youth (1922) and Die Aßmanns (1925)
  • Grete Reinwald (1902-1983), German stage and film actress, active in the 1920s through the 1950s
  • Grete Forst (1878-1942), born Margarete Feiglstock, an Austrian soprano

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