Gruner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gruner name comes from Middle High German word "gru-ene," which means "greenery." As a surname, it likely evolved from a topographic name for someone who lived in a green and leafy place; or as a habitational name from a place such as Gruna, or Grunau in Silesia.

Early Origins of the Gruner family

The surname Gruner was first found in Bavaria, where the name Gruner 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 many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Gruner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gruner research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1696, 1716, 1720, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Gruner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gruner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grun, Grün, Grunau, Grunauer, Grunbach, Grundel, Grundemann, Grunder, Grundler, Grundner, Grunenthal, Grünenstein, Grünenwald, Gruner, Gruener, Gruenthal, Gruenbach, Grunfels, Grunhof and many more.

Early Notables of the Gruner family (pre 1700)

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United States Gruner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gruner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Durst Gruner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
Gruner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Gruner, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Barbara Gruner, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Theresia Gruner, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Michael Gruner, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1858 [1]
  • Emil Gruner, who arrived in America in 1883 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gruner (post 1700) +

  • Sybille Gruner (b. 1969), German handball player
  • Klaus Gruner (b. 1952), East German gold medalist handball player at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Carl Eduard Gruner (1905-1984), Swiss engineer, manager of the Swissboring Company
  • Walther Gruner (1905-1979), German born British singing teacher
  • Olivier Gruner (b. 1960), French World Kickboxing Champion
  • Nicholas Nightingale Gruner (1942-2015), Canadian priest, promoter of the message of Our Lady of Fátima, a famous apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fátima, Portugal, in 1917
  • Franz Rudolf Paul Gruner (1869-1957), Swiss physicist
  • Gottlieb Sigmund Gruner (1717-1778), Swiss cartographer and geologist
  • Elioth Lauritz Leganyer Gruner (1882-1939), New Zealand-born, Australian seven-time Wynne Prize winning painter


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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