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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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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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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