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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.


The surname Groth was first found in Prussia, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the area from ancient times.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent bearers of the family name Groth during this time period were Klaus Groth (1800-1899), who was a professor in Kiel and one of the most important...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Ameri ca. 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
  • ...

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

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

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    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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    The Groth Family Crest was acquired from the 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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