Show ContentsPriebe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Priebe 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 Priebe family

The surname Priebe 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 Priebe as a surname dates back to 1316; there is a Priebe registered for that year in the Pommersches Urkundenbuch.

Early History of the Priebe family

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Priebe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Priebe, Preebe, Prebe, Preibe, Pribe, Priebke and many more.

Early Notables of the Priebe family (pre 1700)

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Priebe Ranking

In the United States, the name Priebe is the 11,472nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Priebe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Priebe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Herman Priebe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [2]
  • William Priebe, who landed in Iowa in 1879 [2]
  • Martin Priebe, aged 7, who arrived in New York, NY in 1885 [2]
  • Mathilde Priebe, aged 4, who landed in New York, NY in 1885 [2]
  • Wilhelm Priebe, aged 34, who arrived in New York, NY in 1885 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Priebe (post 1700) +

  • Karl J. Priebe (1914-1976), American painter whose studies and paintings of birds, exotic animals, and African-American culture won him international recognition
  • Jeanette Brooks Priebe (b. 1937), American who instituted the first affirmative action hiring program for the Louisville metro area
  • Raymond Priebe, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Crawford County Democratic Party, 2007
  • Mary Lou Priebe, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972
  • Kenneth E. Priebe (b. 1912), American Republican politician, Insurance agent; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Outagamie County 1st District
  • Harold H. Priebe, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Winnebago County 1st District, 1938
  • Cameron Priebe, American politician, Mayor of Taylor, Michigan
  • A. Huxley Priebe, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 15th District, 1961

  • Herbert Priebe (1908-1941), German Obermaschinist who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

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  2. 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)
  3. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook