The roots of the distinguished German surname Priebe can be traced back to the duchy of
. 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.
"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.
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of this family name include: Priebe, Preebe, Prebe, Preibe, Pribe, Priebke and many more.