Griess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Griess family

The surname Griess was first found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Griis is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.

Early History of the Griess family

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Griess Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Griis, Griiser, Griisen, Griismann, Griim, Gris, Grisard, Grisel, Griset, Grisogono, Griisbach and many more.

Early Notables of the Griess family (pre 1700)

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United States Griess migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Griess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Griess, who arrived in America in 1710 [1]
  • Jacob Griess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Johannes Griess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
Griess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hein Griess, aged 32, who arrived in New York, NY in 1873 [1]
  • Heinrich Griess, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1873 [1]
  • Julie Griess, aged 19, who landed in New York, NY in 1873 [1]
  • Michael Griess, aged 52, who arrived in New York, NY in 1873 [1]
  • Peter Griess, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1873 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Griess (post 1700) +

  • Robert Louis Griess (b. 1945), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 2010
  • Johann Peter Griess (1829-1888), German industrial chemist and an early pioneer of organic chemistry


  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)


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