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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.

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priebe research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1413 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Priebe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • William Priebe, who landed in Iowa in 1879
  • Martin Priebe, aged 7, arrived in New York, NY in 1885
  • Mathilde Priebe, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1885
  • Wilhelm Priebe, aged 34, arrived in New York, NY in 1885
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  • 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
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    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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