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.
Early Origins of the Grether family
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.
Important Dates for the Grether family
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Grether Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Greathead, Greathed, Greathouse, Greatus, Grethed, Grethouse and many more.
Early Notables of the Grether family (pre 1700)
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Grether migration to the United States
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 immigrated 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Basel, Switzerland, in 1914
Elsa Grether, aged 3, who settled in America from Lorach, Germany, in 1914