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The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the name Grunwald. Grunwald was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Grunwald was a name for someone who lived close to the village green. Grunwald is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names.

Grunwald Early Origins



The surname Grunwald was first found in Rhineland, (Strasbourg) where since ancient times the Grunwald family made significant contributions to the region's feudal society. Subsequently, the family became prominent in local affairs and often merged with other distinguished families, some of whom played important roles in the territorial conflicts of the period.

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Grunwald Spelling Variations


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Grunwald Spelling Variations



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 Grunwald include Gruenwald, Gruenewald, Gruenenwald, Grunewald, Gruenwalt, Grunewalt, Grunenwaldt, Grunewalelt, Grunwald, Grunwaldt and many more.

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Grunwald Early History


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Grunwald Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grunwald research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1460 and 1528 are included under the topic Early Grunwald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grunwald Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grunwald Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grunwald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Grunwald, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Grunwald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Grunwald, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747

Grunwald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Grunwald, aged 7, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Agathe Grunwald, aged 13, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Elizabeth Grunwald, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Henry Grunwald, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • William Grunwald, aged 12, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grunwald (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grunwald (post 1700)



  • Michael Grunwald (b. 1970), American journalist and author, senior national correspondent at Time magazine, recipient of the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize and the Society of Environmental Journalists award
  • Lisa Grunwald (b. 1959), American author of several well-received novels, former full-time editor and writer at the magazines Esquire, Avenue, and Life, daughter of Henry Grunwald
  • Henry Anatole Grunwald (1922-2005), Austrian-born journalist and diplomat, managing editor of TIME magazine and editor in chief of Time, Inc, awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class
  • Glen Grunwald (b. 1958), American attorney and basketball executive, former GM of the Toronto Raptors (1998-2004)
  • Ernest Grunwald (b. 1923), American chemist and educator
  • Wilhelm Grunwald (1909-1989), German mathematician who developed the Grunwald-Wang theorem
  • Anatole "Tolly" de Grunwald (1910-1967), Russian-born, British film producer and screenwriter
  • Ash Grunwald (b. 1976), Australian radio announcer and blues musician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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    The Grunwald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grunwald 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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