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The Grether surname comes from the Old English words "great" or "large" and "heafod," meaning "head." It is supposed that this was originally a nickname for someone with a large head, which was later taken on as a surname.

Grether Early Origins



The surname Grether was first found in Yorkshire 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 1351 when Thomas Grethed held estates at Whitby.

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Grether Spelling Variations


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Grether Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Greathead, Greathed, Greathouse, Greatus, Grethed, Grethouse and many more.

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Grether Early History


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Grether Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grether research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Grether History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grether Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grether Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Grether 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:

Grether Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gustav Grether, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Albertine Grether, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Carl W. Grether, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1894

Grether Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Caroline Grether, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Chas. C. Grether, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Anna Grether, aged 62, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Helen Grether, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Basel, Switzerland, in 1914
  • Elsa Grether, aged 3, who settled in America from Lorach, Germany, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grether (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grether (post 1700)



  • Harris Grether, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1984
  • Oscar Grether, co-founder of Doetsch, Grether & Cie AG, a personal care and health care provider in Basel, Germany in 1904
  • Nicole Grether (b. 1974), German badminton player at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Grether Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    11. ...

    The Grether Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grether 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 14 October 2015 at 09:26.

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