Prebe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the distinguished German surname Prebe can be traced back to the duchy of Silesia. The name is an East German/Slavic short form for the name "Pribislav" or "Pribislaw"; as a surname, it indicates "son of Pribislav or Pribislaw." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the name of the medieval township of Pribus; in this case, the surname would indicate someone hailing from this area.
Early Origins of the Prebe family
The surname Prebe was first found in military states, where the personal name "Pribislaw" was most popular. The name came to be associated with military prowess and victory in battle; it was therefore a common choice for a Christian name and was eventually adopted as a hereditary surname. The first record of Prebe as a surname dates back to 1316; there is a Priebe registered for that year in the Pommersches Urkundenbuch.
Early History of the Prebe family
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Prebe Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Priebe, Preebe, Prebe, Preibe, Pribe, Priebke and many more.
Early Notables of the Prebe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prebe family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Carl Priebe, who came to New York on board the ship Coriolan in 1864; August Priebe and Bertha Priebe, who both sailed from Bremen to New York in 1868.
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