|GRYP from the Netherlands
Grip, Grijp, Gryp, Gryep and
Griep in different forms in different regions
is now Belgium, the Netherlands and a part of
northern France, was once known as 'The
many regions, from Duinkerke to Groningen, lived
families with the names Griep,
Grip, Gryp and Grijp.
Some of them, like those from Twenthe,
still live on, while those from Holland
seems to have died out.
those families related in some way? It could be
possible, but there is no evidence for that yet.
this page a brief description of the families
that live within the present area of the
Netherlands. There is another page with Grijp from
GRIP, GRIJP AND GRIEP FROM
||THE OLDEST RECORDS
In a declaration
made in 1207 by bishop Dirk II of Utrecht, the
name of Arnoldus Grip is
mentioned. This could be the same person as
'Knight Grip of Merste', who is mentioned in
documents in 1213 and in 1214, carrying title of 'ministeriaal
van Vredhena' (of the abbey of Vreden). Arnoldus
Grijp also appeared in 1216 as a witness
in a declaration, made by the next bishop of
Utrechts, Otto, in which this bishop confirms the
rights that he gave to the abbey of Weerselo.
year later the same name appeared again in that
region, maybe a grandson? This time Arnoldus
Grip, knight of Almelo, is mentioned in
the years 1297, 1299 and 1308 in several
declerations of the bishop of Utrecht. From 1331
to 1333 Arnoldus Grip is rector
of a school in Vreden.
17-th and 18-th century, several descendants of Rolof
Grip, born around 1600, held high
offices at Nordhorn, a city just
east of the present Dutch border. In the
beginning their names were written as Griep and
Gryp, but ultimately Grijp became the surname of
this patrician family in the Netherlands Around
1800 a offshoot aroused that carry the name
'Specht Grijp'. Both branches live on into recent
hamlet of 'Griep', near the German border
in the Twenthe region
GRIEP FROM TWENTHE
centuries after the first Arnoldus, there is
still a family by the name Griep
living in and around the village of Weerselo.
Their oldest known ancestor is from 1657. In that
year Jacobus Grijp(inck) decided
to leave the parental farm at Volthe, and became
the ancestor of the families Griepink and
sisters stayed behind on the farm, and one of
them married a man named Geert. After the name of
the farm, he adopted Grijp(inck) as his surname.
This procedure repeated a few times, and
ultimately the part of the family that stayed
behind at Volthe carried the names Griep
and Oude Griep.
See for more
about this family:
Grijp/Griep from Twenthe and the County of
GRIJP FROM HOLLAND
the Dutch province of Holland, the name Grijp,
sometimes written as Griep, is recorded from the
14-th century on. They owned land, hold positions
like alderman, mayor, bailiff and in the end they
were the owners of Valckensteyn castle. After the
reformation they remained catholic. Some of them
moved to the south, others stayed to live at
Valckensteyn castle, where the last male heir
died in 1704.
In 1434 the name Nikolaas
Grijp could be found in feudal registers
in Rijswijk, near The Hague. Also his son Floris
appeared in those documents. This son, Florijs
Grijp Claessoen, had in 1463 the
function of 'Scout van Valkenburgh ende
Catwijck'. And in 1468 he is 'baljuw van
Den Haag' (bailiff of The Haque).
Up to the 16th century, members
of this Grijp family (also
written as Griep, Gryp and Gryep) held important
positions in places like The Hague, Delft,
Brielle and Dordrecht. After the reformation and
the uprising of the northern part of the
Netherlands, they remained Catholic, and move to
the southern part that stayed Spanish.
A part of the family although adopted the name of
Grijph van Valckesteyn end
choose to stays in Holland. They settled in
Valckesteyn castle, near the village of
Poortugaal, where this branch of the family died
this family on page: Een Hollandse familie
GRIJP FROM GRONINGEN
||In 1424 the name Grijp
first appears in an official document in
Groningen: on a list of the Brewers Guild of
'Utinghe Cluft'. This old and patrician family is
also the origin of the founder of Nikolaas Grijp,
who in 1476 founded 'Grijpskerk'.
But in 1527 things were different. Johan Grijp
then played a role in a rebellion in Groningen,
and is referred to as "an unreasonable and
malicious rogue and troublemaker".
AN OLD PATRICIAN
Records, found at the
National Archive of Groningen:
- Clawes Grijp (also
Claes or Nikolaas) is noted as a member
of the Brewers Guild. In 1424 his name is
on the list of the ones from 'Utinghe
Cluft'. From 1440 to 1457 he hold the
important office of member of the
'Hoofdmannenkamer', which is a kind of
High Court. His son Junghe Clawes
Grijp ('Young Nikolaas') is also a
member of the Brewers Guild and member of
the above mentioned High Court.
- Nikolaas Gryp, the
one that founded the village of
Grijpskerk in 1476, seems to have also
his origins in the same old and patrician
family in Groningen. He lives on Grijp
Castle, also called 'Huis Reitsema', that
is situated south of the village (where
is now the 'Jonkerslaan').
- Other records mentioned Fosse
Grijps (1454), Johan Grijp and
his brother Herman Grijp (1477), Johan
Grijp, 'overrigter' (judge) of
Groningen, mentioned in 1480, Alijt
Ghrijpes (1487), Geertruid Grijpes
(in 1493), Jan Gripp,
mentioned in 1527 in the registry
"Oordelen van de Etstoel" at
Groningen and Jan Grijp (1532).
- Johan Grijp, noted
in 1569. About this man the following
text can be found: Johan Gryp,
Lubbert Gryps bastard son, an
unreasonable and malicious rogue and
troublemaker. He plays a role in a
rebellion in Groningen in 1527.
- Andries Grijph,
'grietman' (judge) of Utingeradeel in
1550. His name appaers in several
varieties: Grijp, Grijph, Grijf, Grieff
and Griff. The name if his wife is
Foppinga. They have a son: Ofke
Grijph, also 'grietman of
Utingeradeel, in succession of his father
in 1575. In 1580 he is indicted as being
a fugitive, and in the same year he is
killed in action in the battle on
Hardenberg Moor. The name of his wife is
Iets Pieters and they have a son: Erasmus
FROM AND AT GRONINGEN
the middle of the 15th century, Arnoldus
Grijp from Groningen studied at Cologne.
He made a poem in honor of one of the Abbots of
the Aduard monastery. Later on, Arnoldus Grijp
called himself 'Professor at Aduard'.
following students are listed as student at Franeker University: Gabriel Gryp, 1640,
"Nobilis Suecus, inr.".
from Ostfriesland, in 1693 to Groningen, in 1696
"Weneranus Frisus Orientalis", 1699; in
1702 to Groningen.
GRIJPSKERK AND VINCINITY
march 1940 a booklet was published by
K.J. Tilbusscher about the village of
Grijpskerk. In this booklet, the
following passages can be found about the
founder of the village, Nikolaas Grijp,
and the family of his origin:
"The coat of arms of
the Grijp family shows a
griffin (=grijp in Dutch).
The griffin is
an fabulous animal: the upper half is an
eagle and the lower half a lion. A
griffin in a coat of arms generally is
connected with influential power and
moreover acuteness, forethought, in
combination with cautiousness and
insight. As heraldic symbol, the griffin
first appears in northeast Germany: in
Mecklenburg and in Pomerania. At the end
of the 12th century the griffin also
comes to the Netherlands, as a result of
influences from Poland. In Poland the
griffin became well-known as the heraldic
symbol of the old and influential noble
griffin on the Grijpskerk church >>
GRYP AND GRIEP FROM ZEELAND
||From the 16-th century
on, persons by the name Griep/Gryp/Grijp live on
the different islands that form the Dutch
province of Zeeland. In the oldest records Grieps
are only mentioned incidentally, without the
possibility to establish any relationships.
The first few
time that the name Gryp appeared in the province
of Zeeland, the name is used as a first name: in
1359 a man called Gryps s.
became a citizen of Zierikzee, in 1445 Gryp
Janszone at 'Tsaertskerke in
Z-Beveland' got payed for doing ground-work,
in 1481 Jan Grijpssone became a
citizen of Veere and from 1533 to 1541 Mr.
Francoes Grijpse, doctor in medicine, is
an alderman of Zierikzee.
From 1577 on Grijp/Gryp/Griep also appeared as a
Grijp is mentioned in 1577 in a
registre of life-annuities. Mauritius
Jansz Grijp, probably his son,
was noted in 1580 and 1582 in the records
of the Court of Holland.
1587, the name Jacob Grijp
is recorded as a lease-holder of land in
the Oost-Hinkelenpolder, a polder east of
the village of Kruiningen.
Vlissingen (Flushing), a notification is
found from the year 1590 that authorized Jan
Griep and in 1592 Frans
Griep, to institute a legal
proceeding before the Court of Holland.
1622 Hans Grijp, a
widower from Ostfriesland and a soldier,
noticed his intended marriage at Goes.
Gryp Adriaensz. was baptized in
1626 at Bruinisse. Later on, he married
in that same place to Maytje Prancke from
Flanders. They had three children:
Adriaen, Prancke and Marinus. From his
brother Cornelis four
children were registered.
GRYP'S OR GRIJP'S CAME FROM THE SOUTH
war between the Dutch and the Spaniards, that
made the region around the River Schelde a
war zone, brought people from the other side to
- Jan Jorissen Grijp
was registered on May 17, 1530, as a
'burgher' of Vlissingen. He came from
1583, the Prince of Orange made Mr.
Jan Gryp, former 'pensionaris'
from Dunkirk, a member of the Admiralty.
The Admiralty had to be founded again at
Vlissingen (Flushing, now that Dunkirk,
where it originally had his seat, had
been conquered by the Spanish in 1583.
- Cornelis Grijp,
from Sluis, widower of Catelijne Swulis,
married to Neelken Jans, widow of
Marijnis Crijnssen, in 1604 at
Vlissingen. Possibly his son, Jan
Cornelissen Grijp, a sailor from
Sluys, married Lysbeth Thomas from Sluys
on April 28, 1607, at Vlissingen.
||Halfway the 17-th
century, a man by the name Adriaen Griep must
have lived in the village of Hoedekenskerke. We
know that because of the birth of his son Jan
Adriaenszoon Griep in 1666. Whether his ancestors
already lived there or also came from the south,
is not known.
September 8,1666, at Hoedekenskerke, a place
along the Westerschelde in Zeeland, Jan
Adriaenszoon Griep was born. The only
things that we know about his parents, is that
the were "popish" and were
named Adriaen Griep and Neeltje (or Adriaentje)
Pauw. Whether they lived in Hoedekenskerke or
came from elsewhere is not known.
Jan married on January 27, 1694, with Cornelia
Abrams Verschure, who was baptized on
January 29, 1673, at Hoedekenskerke as the
daughter of Abraham Cornelisse and Pieternella
Cornelisse. Two weeks later, Cornelia gave birth
to their first child. Ultimately they had six
children. Their forth child is Abram Griep,
born on July 21,1697, also at Hoedekenskerke.
This Abram became the ancestor of almost all
persons by the name of Griep that now live in the
For more about this family and their descendants:
These first Grieps all had their
occupation on the waterways. Throughout the
centuries, several ferries between the different
islands of Zeeland were exploited by Grieps. In
the later centuries, members of the Griep family
also exploited regular market-boats between
Zeeland and Rotterdam.