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The distinguished surname Groff was first found in Switzerland.

Groff Early Origins



The surname Groff was first found in Switzerland, where the family contributed to the development of the region. They became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

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Groff Spelling Variations


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Groff Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Graf, Grafe,Graef, Graff, Graffen, Graffin, Grafen, Grafin, Grav, Graaf and many more.

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Groff Early History


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Groff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groff research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1769, 1807, 1485, 1527, 1599, 1664, 1611, 1678, 1671, 1719, 1841, 1826, 1815 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Groff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Groff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Groff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the time with the surname Groff were Urs Graf (1485-1527), Swiss engraver and goldsmith, influenced by Albrecht Duerer; Cornelis de Graeff (1599-1664), Mayor of Amsterdam; Free Imperial Knight Andries de Graeff (1611-1678), Mayor of Amsterdam; Cornelis de Graeff (1671-1719), Dutch Canon of St. Pieter at...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Groff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Peter Groff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Jacob Groff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Christian Groff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Peter Groff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Andrew Groff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Groff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christoph Groff, aged 36, landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • John Adolf Groff, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • John George Groff, who landed in New York in 1840
  • George Groff, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Groff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Groff (post 1700)



  • Charles Wister Groff (1898-1987), renowned American southern California real estate developer
  • Ulysses Grant Groff (1865-1950), large American landowner and philanthropist
  • David Groff, American poet, writer, and independent editor
  • Sarah Groff (b. 1981), American athlete who competes in triathlon
  • Lauren Groff (b. 1978), American novelist and short story writer
  • Rinne Groff, American playwright and performer
  • Robbie Groff (b. 1966), former American race car driver
  • Jonathan Drew Groff (b. 1985), American singer-songwriter, stage, television and film actor
  • Mike Groff (b. 1961), American former race car driver

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Groff Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. 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).
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    11. ...

    The Groff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Groff 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 3 August 2016 at 10:56.

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