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

The Grubel family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Grubel 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 Grubel 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.


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 Grubel include Gruber, Grueber, Gruebel, Gruebe, Grube, Grubar, Gruberer and many more.

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.


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


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


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:

Grubel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Grubel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Andrew Grubel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Grubel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Grubel, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Barba Grubel, aged 27, landed in New York in 1854
  • Joseph Grubel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Heinr Grubel, aged 17, landed in New York in 1854
  • Gottfr Grubel, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1855


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