Griese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Griese surname is thought to be derived from the Middle English word "grice," which is in turn from the Old French "gris," meaning "grey." It was most likely originally a nickname for a grey-haired man. Although, there was also a Middle English word "grise," which meant "pig."

Early Origins of the Griese family

The surname Griese was first found in Norfolk where conjecturally they were, in 1066, Lords of the Manor of Brockdish, the King's land, whose feudal Lord was William de Noyers, Count of Nevers seated originally at Poitevin and St-Cyr de Nevers in Normandy. Sir William also held Grayhurst Manor through Bishop Odo from King William of Normandy. From this family also descend the Lords Monson and Viscounts Castlemaine. The original estates were sold in 1327. The village now consists of a church, St.Edmunds, which has both Saxon and Norman windows, obviously predating the Norman Conquest by many years.

Important Dates for the Griese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griese research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1555 is included under the topic Early Griese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Griese Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grice, Gryce, Gryse, Grise, Grisewood, DeGrice, Grycie and many more.

Early Notables of the Griese family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Griese family to Ireland

Some of the Griese family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Griese migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Griese Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Griese, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
Griese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Griese, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • Willhelm Griese, who landed in Arkansas in 1899 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Griese (post 1700)

  • Frank W. Griese (1870-1955), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, 1930-35; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1932 [2]

Historic Events for the Griese family

  • Hermann Griese (1903-1941), German Leutnant (Ing.) d. Res. who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from
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