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

The German surname Groth emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was 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.


In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Groth include Grothe, Groth, Grot, Groat, Groete, Groethe, Groet, Groter and many more.

First found in Prussia, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the area from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groth research. Another 202 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1800, 1843, 1883, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Groth History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 52 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Groth or a variant listed above:

Groth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Chr Groth, who landed in America in 1764-1798
  • Catharina Groth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796
  • Anna Eliz Groth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1798
  • Anna Maria Groth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1798
  • Johan Jurgen Groth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1798

Groth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Elisab Groth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Friderike Groth, aged 37, landed in America in 1839
  • Friedrich Groth, aged 28, arrived in America in 1843
  • Karl Friedrich Gotthilf Groth, aged 40, landed in America in 1843
  • Joachim Friedrich Groth, aged 39, arrived in America in 1843


  • Gary Groth (b. 1954), American comic book editor, publisher and critic, editor-in- chief of The Comics Journal
  • John Thomas "Johnny" Groth (b. 1926), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1946 through 1960
  • Ernest William Groth (1922-2004), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1947 through 1949
  • Jeffrey Groth (b. 1957), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Morgan Groth (b. 1943), American middle distance runner at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Klaus Groth (1819-1899), Low German poet
  • Franz Groth (b. 1908), well-known German composer of film music
  • Martin Groth (b. 1969), retired German footballer
  • Sylvester Groth (b. 1958), German film actor and tenor, probably best known for his role in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds
  • René Groth (b. 1972), German former footballer



  • The Putzier-Vogel and Groth-Nielsen Families by Clifford R. Putzier.

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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. 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).
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The Groth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Groth 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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