GRIEP/GRIP/GRYP in the USA
Americans with their roots in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands or Belgium

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  Around the second half of the 19th century, great numbers of Europeans emigrated, from different European countries around the North and Baltic Sea to America. Among them were several persons with names like Griep, Grip, Grijp or Gryp, coming mostly from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium.
They settled in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, in upstate New York and in New Jersey. From there, members of these families moved to all parts of the USA.

In the nationwide telephone-directory there are now 297 people by the name of Griep, 79 Grip, 259 Gripp, 2 Grijp and 32 times Gryp.

 
 

GRIEP

 
 
 

Griep is the 72,395th most popular last name in the United States. On this map the distribution (in 1990) of this name is shown*). A brighter color means more Grieps.
Minnesota is the state with the highest Griep-density. After that comes Iowa, Wisconsin and Hawaii.
Here below the Grieps that came the the U.S.

 
 
  FROM POMERANIA TO MINNESOTA, ILLINOIS, WISCONSIN AND IOWA
  August Griep was born in 1846 in Düsterbeck, Kreis Naugard, Pomerania.  His parents were Ferdinand Griep and Caroline Karnitz.  They all came to the United States in 1870-71 and settled in Le Sueur, Minnesota.

This Griep branch is researched by Linda Griep Ottmar and Tom Griep.

Another family who came from Pomerania was Gottlieb Griep, born in 1814, and his wife Caroline. They had three daughters, Henrietta F. Griep (born March 22, 1846 and married to Phillip Herman Griep), Johanna Griep (born in October, 1852 at Stettin and married to Phillip Wolf) and Caroline Griep (born in Germany on August 20, 1856 and married to Otto Rotschka). The family settled at Quincy, Adams County, Illinois (USA).

Two other Griep-families came from Pomerania and moved to Wisconsin: Carl August Wilhelm Griep and his family, who settled around Manitowoc and Herman Julius Griep and his family who settled in Dodge county. Look for that at page: Griep in Wisconsin.

Ultimately, Stan V. Griep from Colorado let us know, that John Griep was the first one from his blood lines that came from Pomerania to America. He settled in Iowa. Later on, members of this family moved to Colorado.

 
 
  FROM THE 'EMSLAND' IN GERMANY TO MINNESOTA
  About 1852 in Lastrup, in the German Kindom of Hanover, Herman Griep was born. He immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Long Prairie, Minnesota. In 1878 he married Catherina Lobbel. They had two sons: Henry and Joseph.
In 1879, Heinrich Griep (Henry, born June 5th, 1839, an older brother of Herman), his wife Gertrude Rosa and their three children Bernart, Anna en Heinrich, also came to the United States. This family settled as a farmer in Bruce, Todd County, Minnesota.
Look at page:
Griep in Minnesota.
 
 
  FROM 'HOLSTEIN' IN GERMANY TO NEW YORK STATE
  Around 1880, Marx Griep, his wife and their five children immigrated from Großenaspe, some 20 miles north of Hamburg in Germany, to Syracuse in upstate New York.
There he became the ancestor of an American Griep family:
Griep in New York State.
 
 
  FROM GERMANY TO WISCONSIN
  Herman Griep, also from Germany, arrived around 1900 in the United States. He and his wife Wilhelmina got nine children, and they settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Two of these children, Emily and George, later on moved to Arizona.

This branch is being researched by Timothy McLaughlin of Meansville, Georgia.

 
 
  FROM THE DUTCH PROVINCE OF ZEELAND TO NEW JERSEY
  Cornelis Griep, born in 1839 in Yerseke, in the Dutch province of Zeeland, migrated in 1896 with his wife Jacoba Kopmels and their six children to the U.S. They settled in Passaic, New Jersey.
His nephew Marinus Griep, born in 1862 in
Yerseke, came to America in 1906 with his wife Anna Abrahamse and their eight children. They settled in Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey, where five more children were born.
Look for both families at:
Griep in New Jersey.
 
 
  FROM THE DUTCH PROVINCE OF ZEELAND TO MICHIGAN
 

Nicolaas Griep, born in 1884 at Yerseke (The Netherlands) emigrated in 1910, with his wife Catharine Katte, to Holland, Michigan, USA. They had three daughters and a son, Adrian, born in 1915. This Adrian Griep and his wife Minnie, had a daughter named Carolyn Mae.

Jan Griep was born in 1861 at Waarde (The Netherlands). In 1892, when he is already a widower, he migrated together with his daughter Anna Griep to the USA. They settled in Holland, Michigan. John Griep, as he called himself then, remarried and had several more children, amongst them a son: Abraham Griep.

Look for both families at: Griep in Michigan.

 
 

GRIP / GRIPP / GRIJP / GRYP

 
 
  Because there are to little of them, there is no map available showing the names Grip, Grijp and Gryp. This map only shows the distribution (in 1990) of the name Gripp.
Most Gripps can be found in Iowa. Next one is Wyoming.
A lot of them originally were named Grijp, but they changed that name after arrival into Gripp, which was easier to pronounce.

*) Both maps on this page are copied from: http://hamrick.com/names/

 
 
  GRIJP FROM BELGIUM BECAME GRIPP IN ILLINOIS
  In the years around 1865, three brothers and a sister are born in the Grijp family, living at Boekhoute in Flanders: Henri, Emma, Honore and Petrus. One of them, Petrus Gryp, by that time married and father of two children, decided in 1890 to emigrate with his family to America. In this he was no exception: the region had the highest percentage of emigrants in Flanders.

Petrus and his family settled down in Annawan, a small village in Illinois. There, he became the ancestor of quite a numerous family: Gripp in Illinois.

 
 
  GRYP FROM BELGIUM TO INDIANA
  Louis and Marie Gryp lived at Oosteeklo in Flanders and raised there, as this picture from 1898 shows, a big family. Both parents died shortly after each other in 1905. Some of their children, Emiel Gryp, Karel Gryp en Jules Gryp, then emigrated to America. They settled at South Bend, Indiana, a region where already more Flemish people were living.
More about this family on page:
Gryp in Indiana, USA.
 
 
  GRIP FROM NORWAY AND SWEDEN TO ...
 

>> The part about the Grip's and Gripp's that came from Scandinavia is still under construction >>

 
 

Do you have any information about these families, or are you one of them yourself ?
Please look on the page 'how to participate' how you can contribute to this project
or send an email to
jan.griep@planet.nl.

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