Groft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname Groft was first found in Switzerland.

Early Origins of the Groft family

The surname Groft 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.

Important Dates for the Groft family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groft research. Another 122 words (9 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 Groft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Groft Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Groft family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time with the surname Groft 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 Groft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Groft migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Groft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Groft, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1901 aboard the ship "Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse" from Bremen, Germany [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Groft (post 1700)

  • Stephen Groft Pharm.D., American Director of NIH's Office of Rare Diseases

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Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFJR-8P5 : 6 December 2014), Anna Groft, 20 Aug 1901; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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