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Origins Available: English
The name Gross is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who because of their physical characteristics was referred to as the gross
man or the heavy man.
The surname Gross was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Gross has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Gross, Grosse, Grose and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gross research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1190 are included under the topic Early Gross History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Gross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Grosss to arrive on North American shores:
Gross Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Sampson Gross, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
Gross Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Gross, who arrived in New York in 1709
- Johan Jorg Gross, who landed in New York in 1709
- William Gross, his wife and two children came to America in 1709
- Hendrick Gross, who arrived in New York in 1709
- Conrad Gross, who arrived in America in 1712
Gross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G A Gross, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
- Fred Wilch Gross, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
- Frederic Gross, aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
- Hannah Gross, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
- Johann Gross, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
Gross Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Leo Gross, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902
- Fred Gross, who arrived in Alabama in 1913
Gross Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Maria Gross, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
- Ms. Catherine Gross U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 524 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
- Ms. Elizabeth Gross U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 523 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
- Ms. Mary Gross U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 522 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
Gross Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Matilda Gross, aged 30, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
- Michael C. Gross (1945-2015), American artist, designer, and film producer, perhaps best remembered for designing the logo for the movie Ghostbusters
- Rita Gross (1943-2015), American Buddhist feminist theologian and author
- Sarah "Sally" Gross (1933-2015), born Sarah Freiberg, an American postmodernist dancer
- Brigadier-General Merwin Eugene Gross (1900-1946), American Commandant of the Army Air Force Institute of Technology (1946)
- Major-General Charles Philip Gross (1889-1975), American Chief of the Transportation Corps (1942-1945)
- Major-General William Milton Gross (1908-1972), American Director of Transportation, Air Force Logistics Command (1963-1964)
- David Jonathan Gross (b. 1941), American particle physicist and string theorist awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics
- A. J. Gross, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1884
- Barbara J. Gross, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980, 1996, 2000
- Ben F. Gross, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
- A Family History and Genealogy; The Descendants of Johannes Fluck...Philip Christian Gross...John A. Greup...Giving Primary Consideration to the Lines of Their Descendants by Laura Lydia Trumbower Price.
- The Family History of Friedrich Gross 1853-1968 by Charles and Eugenia Gross.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
The Gross Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gross 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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