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The prestigious family surname Grimmer originated in the lands which eventually became the modern German state of Prussia. This territory was known for its beautiful landscape, its advanced technology, and its military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided among the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Grimmer family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Grimmer Early Origins



The surname Grimmer was first found in Prussia, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

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Grimmer Spelling Variations


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Grimmer Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Grimmer include Grimm, Grim, Grimme, Grimmen, Grimmer, Grimer, Grymm and many more.

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Grimmer Early History


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Grimmer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grimmer research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1785, 1786, 1792, 1828, 1859, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Grimmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grimmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grimmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Grimmer during this time period were Jacob (1785-1863) and his brother Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), born in Hessen, who were the founders of folklore as well as historians of...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grimmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Grimmer were

Grimmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Konrad Grimmer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852

Grimmer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Grimmer U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Grimmer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Grimmer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Helena" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimmer (post 1700)



  • George Grimmer, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1877-80
  • Derrick P. Grimmer, American politician, Representative from Iowa 3rd District, 1994
  • Margot Grimmer (b. 1944), American ballet dancer
  • Gerhard Grimmer (b. 1943), East German cross-country skier
  • George Skeffington Grimmer (1826-1887), Canadian lawyer and political figure in New Brunswick
  • Abel Grimmer (1570-1620), Flemish Baroque painter
  • Robert Watson Grimmer (1866-1948), Canadian merchant and politician from New Brunswick
  • Jacob Grimmer (1526-1590), Flemish Renaissance landscape painter
  • Jack Grimmer (b. 1994), Scottish professional football midfielder
  • Ward Chipman Hazen Grimmer, Canadian lawyer and political figure in New Brunswick

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  3. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. 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 Grimmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grimmer 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.

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