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The Groubert surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Groubert is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Groubert was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where the name Gruber came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the region's medieval society.

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The surname Groubert was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into several houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Otto Gruober, a Knight, lived in Austria around 1183.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Groubert include Gruber, Grueber, Gruebel, Gruebe, Grube, Grubar, Gruberer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groubert research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1835, 1623, 1680 and 1835 are included under the topic Early Groubert History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groubert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Hans Henrich Gruber, he arrived in Pennsylvania in September 1732 on the ship Dragon.

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The Groubert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Groubert 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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