|GRIJP and GRYP from
In particular the Meetjesland seems to be
the origin of the Flemish Grijp-/Gryp's
first time the name Gryp
or Grijp was mentioned
in Flanders, was in the year 1382, when Gillis
Grijp appeared on a list of confiscated goods.
This happened in Dentergem, a town just below
Less than two years later, from 1560 on, the name
(varying Grijp, Gryp, Grip or Griep) appeared in
Meetjesland, a region along the creeks of the
River Scheldt. They still live there, and have
spread from there to other places in Flanders.
Most interesting -- but yet not answered --
question is: is there a relationship between
these Gryp/Grijp's and the ones in the Dutch
province of Zeeland,
north of the River Scheldt?
RECORDS OF 'GRIJP'
||THE OLDEST RECORDS ARE
FOUND AT DENTERGEM, KORTRIJK AND BRUGES
Grijp appeared in the records in 1382 at
Dentergem, in relation to a list of confiscated
Grijp, also written as 'Grips', was noted in
1398 in the 'poortersboek' (burgherbook) of
1514, Lauwerijns Gryp is an
inhabitant of Bruges.
AND GRYP FROM MEETJESLAND
1560, 'Jan Grijp' is registered in the
'burgherbook' of Vlissingen (Flushing). He came
from Assenede, in the region around the southern
creeks of the River Scheldt (or De Honte).
almost four and a half century later, Grijp's and
Gryp's are still living in this area, now called
'Meetjesland'. The creeks are also still there,
but the connection between them and the River
Scheldt has been cut off long ago. And the
uprising that made the northern Netherlands a
independent nation made that, from 1648 on, the
Grijp's from Sluis and from Assende came to live
in two different countries...
FROM 1600 ON, A GRIJP
FAMILY IS LIVING AT MALDEGEM:
Grijp, married to Fransijne, became a
"laet" (=inhabitant) of Maldegem on
November 27, 1599. The next five persons are
probably his sons:
Grijp (Joos) is married to Synken
Herremans. They had a son Joos Grijp
de Jonghe, who married to Judoca
Hermans and got two daughters: Elisabeth
Grijp (1634) and Janneken. In
his second marriage with Joanna Prineels,
four sons were born: Peter (1615),
Jan (1621), Hans and Adriaen.
- Martin Grijp (Grip,
Grips), was married to Paschasia van
de Weghe, lived at Maldegem and had four
sons: Jan (1630), Peter
(1633), Martin (1636) and Egidius
(1640). When, in 1650, his wife died, als
these minor daughters are mentioned: Lauwerijntghen,
Janneken and Theymyntghen Gryp.
- Jan Grijp, born in
1630 at Maldegem, married in 1655 to
Catharina Keerse. They had four children:
Martin (1655), Catharina
(1657), Jacob (1659) and Livina
- Peter Grijp was
born in 1633 at Maldegem and married in
1659 to Maria van Waijenberghe. Shortly
after the birth of their daughter Joanna,
in 1660, his wife died. He remarried to
Joanna Prijsbier, and with her he had
another two children: Adriana
(1663) and Egidius (1666).
- Egidius Grijp was
born in 1640 at Maldegem and married in
1664 to Joanna Lauwers. They had seven
children. Joanna Lauwers died in 1678, at
38 years of age. In 1679
Egidius remarried to Catharina Cortaels
(Corthals). They had another two
daughters. Egidius died at Maldegem in
1695 and his widow in 1710.
||A GRYP FAMILY IS LIVING
AT WAARSCHOOT, JUST BELOW EEKLO:
1640 there seemed to three brothers:
Gryp, married to Maria de
Meyere, had two sons: Martinus
(1638) and Joannes Gryp (1642).
Judocus died in 1646. In 1678 his son
Joannes married Petronella Rogiers and
the following children baptized: Jacoba
(1683), Petrus (1688), Guilielmus
(1691), Joanna (1695)
and Maria (1699).
- Balduinus Gryp,
married to Anna Nuyt, had a daughter Maria
Gryp in 1642.
- Livinus Gryp,
married to Joanna Storis, had the
following children baptized: Anna
(1645), Jonas (1647), Petrus
(1652) and Livinus
||FROM BOEKHOUTE TO
In the years around
1865, three brothers and a sister were born in
the Grijp family, living at Boekhoute: Henri,
Emma, Honore and Petrus.
One of them, Petrus Gryp, by that time married
and father of two children, decided in 1890 to migrate 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
from Illinois, USA.
||FROM OOSTEEKLO TO
Grijp and his wife Marie lived in
Oosteeklo and raised a big family. When, in 1905,
both parents died shortly after another, some of
their children migrated
to the USA. They settled in South
Bend, Indiana, a region where already more
Flemish people were living. More about this
family: Gryp from
GRYP FROM THE SCHELDESTREEK
||In 1664, Charles Grijp
was born at Ghent. His father and grandfather are
both named Guilland Grijp. Charles his
descendants move more to the south, into the
'Scheldestreek' region. For many generations a
Grijp family lived there, in places like
Scheldewindeke, Sint-Lievens-Houtem and
- Guillard Grijp the
- Guillard Grijp,
the youngest, had four daughters and a
- Charles Grijp,
born in 1664, married at Ghent to Judoca
Pletsier and had 6 children. The family
lived in some wealth. Their oldest son
Grijp, born in 1704, married to
Marie Boterbergh and went to live at
Scheldewindeke. This family, with 10
children, became very poor. Their oldest
- Rochus (De) Grijp,
born in 1727, married to Maria Livina
Deneve and went to live at
Sint-Lievens-Houtem. They had 9 children,
of which the oldest one was:
- Adriaen Francies
Gryp, born in 1767, had a small
farm at Sint-Lievens-Houtem and also
worked in as a textile worker. He and his
Petronille Quinteyn had 6 children. The
youngest one was:
Baptiste Gryp, born in 1820,
laborer and tradesman in cattle-fodder,
married to Maria Severina Abrahem and had
11 children. Number 9 was called:
Gryp, born in 1867 at IJshoute
and married to Camilla Ceukeleir. At
Sint-Marie-Latum he owned a piece of
land, some cows and a pig. He also worked
in a brick-yard.
The twelve children of
Désiré en Camilla were followed by 28
grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. More
about this family on: Grijp en
Gryp uit de Scheldestreek.
This information was
provided by Rufin Grijp of Brussels, a
descendant of this family.
FROM ELSWHERE AND EN ROUTE
||The uprising in the
northern Netherlands separated, from 1568 on, the
regions that now are called Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and
Meetjesland and made them into borderland. The
war that followed brought soldiers from elsewhere
to the region. In spite of that, the exchange of
people between both sides of the border end the
River Scheldt never came to a complete stop.
FROM SLUIS TO VLISSINGEN
Jan Jorissen Grijp
was registered on May 17, 1530, as a 'burgher' of
Vlissingen. He came from Sluis.
Cornelis Grijp, from Sluis, widower of
Catelijne Swulis, married to Neelken Jans, widow
of Marijnis Crijnssen, in 1604 at Vlissingen.
Jan Cornelissen Grijp, a sailor from
Sluys, married Lysbeth Thomas from Sluys on April
28, 1607, at Vlissingen.
FROM HERE AND ELSWHERE
Grip, a soldier at Aerdenburg, and
Anne Wolters had at Aardenburg two children:
Stijntje Grip (baptized in 1654) and Herman
That same military man, now written as: Jan
Gryp, soldier at Aerdenburg under captain
Pucchler and widower of Anneke Wolters,
married in 1662 in the Reformed Church at Sint
Kruis to Janneken Maanhouts, widow of Jan Agrippa
Andries Grijph, soldier in the company
of ..., did his confession of faith on July
6, 1664 at Sluis.
Grijp, soldier from Bruges,
noted on December 3, 1712, at Vlissingen his
intended marriage to Jacoba van Petegem.
records of Ellis Island, where all the
immigrants are noted that arrived in New York
between 1892 and 1925, the names Grijp and Gryp
appeared 45 times. Most of them came from
Flanders, from places like Eeklo, Oosteeklo, Sint
Jan in Eremo and Lembeke. Look for them on page: Grijp
and Gryp as immigrant.
'Waesland' of the 'Red Star Line, with immigrants
on its way from Antwerp to the USA