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Where did the German Griess family come from? What is the German Griess family crest and coat of arms? When did the Griess family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Griess family history?

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griess research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1708, 1734, and 1739 are included under the topic Early Griess History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Griess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Jacob Griess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johannes Griess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Griess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hein Griess, aged 32, arrived in New York, NY in 1873
  • Heinrich Griess, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1873
  • Julie Griess, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1873
  • Michael Griess, aged 52, arrived in New York, NY in 1873
  • Peter Griess, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1873


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  • 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


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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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The Griess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Griess 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 13 July 2011 at 11:37.

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