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Where did the English Gross family come from? What is the English Gross family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gross family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gross family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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"

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  • 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
  • Robert E. Gross (1905-1988), American cardiac surgeon
  • Robert Ellsworth Gross (1897-1961), American businessman involved in the field of aviation, a major producer of P-38 Lightning fighters for World War II
  • Michael Gross (b. 1947), American television, movie, and stage actor
  • Ludwik Gross (1904-1999), Polish-American renowned and internationally recognized medical researcher
  • Samuel David Gross (1805-1885), American academic trauma surgeon cited as the most distinguished surgeon of his times

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  • 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.
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  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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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