GRIEP/GRIPP from Germany
Most of them living along the Dutch border and in the northern part of country

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  In the telephone-directory of Germany, the name Griep appears around 500 times. Many of them live in the north, in the regions not far from the North and the Baltic Seas. Others can be found in the Altmark, Oderbruch and near the border with the Netherlands.

Whether this has got something to do with the fact that, in the 12th century, colonists from the Netherlands helped to cultivate many north-German regions, is not to be established yet. In some of these families there are also stories been told about a Scandinavian origin.

On the map *) is shown were nowadays Griep lives in Germany. In some areas they are already living for many centuries, in others they came in after WW-2, after being expelled from the eastern regions that has been lost to Poland.

[*) Griep map from: Geogen 2.0 Webdienst]



  On April 5, 1771, Dietrich Griep and his wife Katharina Dorothea Köhn had a son. He was born at Holzhausen, a village near the river Elbe that was flooded at that moment. His name: Johann Gottfried Griep. Centuries later there are still people by the name Griep living in the Altmark, the region west from the Elbe River around Osterburg and Stendal that was in the 11th and 12th century the easternmost border-area of the German Empire.

In the 12th century, settlers from Holland build dikes in the Altmark and introduced the use of bricks 
as a building material



  Around 1640, Reiner Griep married Fenne Ottinck from Lohne. In 1655 his name is mentioned as 'voogd' from Nordhorn. In the 17th and 18th century, members of this family held important positions at Nordhorn, like mayor, alderman, 'keurnoot', 'rotmeester', 'loonheer' and 'pachter van het mout en het klein gemaal'. Look for them at Grijp from Nordhorn. Their name is written in different ways, like Grip, Gryp and in the end Grijp. Many of them moved westward. In The Netherlands they developed into a family of patricians. Some of them even adopted a double name: Specht Grijp.

Apart from this family living in the city, there was also a Grijp/Griep family that inhabited the more rural areas of the countship of Bentheim. They originated from a farm, situated almost on the Dutch border, between Uelsen and Breklenkamp. The farm was named 'Gripink' and was mentioned as far back as 1317. It would be quite interesting to learn, whether they are related to the Griep family that still lives at the Dutch side of the border, a few miles to the south. They also originated from an old farm, named erve Griep at Volthe. See for them page: Griep/Grijp from Twenthe and the countship of Bentheim.




The German region, just east of the Dutch province of Drenthe, is called Emsland. The name Griep appears in that region in places like Haren, Meppen, Haselünne and in some smaller villages nearby. Also in Saterland, a region just outside the Emsland, Griep's have been living, dating as far back as the 17th century. On the page the Emsland Griep's, the information that is available about these families is put together.

Besides that, a separate page is dedicated to the Grieps that descent from the small village of Lindloh, situated on the Dutch border near Emmercompascuüm.

The American family Griep in Long Prairie, Minnesota also originates from this region, from the village of Lastrup near Haselünne.



  Quite some Griep's in the German telephone directory appears to be living not so far from the coast of the North Sea. Especially around Oldenburg there are many of them. The name Griep can also be found in that region as the combination: Griep-Raming.

Centuries ago, people by the name Grijp or Griep must have been living in this region. As far back as 1622, a notification is made in the Dutch city of Goes that Hans Grijp, widower from 'Oostvriesland' and a soldier, marries with Jacquemijntien Roest. And in 1693 Haico Gryp from Ostfriesland is enlisted as student at Franeker University in the Netherlands.



  Throughout the ages the area of Pomerania -- the name is derived from a Polish word meaning 'along the sea' -- has been alternately inhabited by Slavic and German populations. In the 12th century inhabitants from the west of Germany and the Netherlands began to colonize the area, and in 1181 the province became an official part of Germany. In the 17th and the 18th century the western part, Vorpommern, was Swedish. In the 19th century th Prussian province 'Pommern' was established. This lasted till 1945 when, shortly after World-War II, Poland took possession of the eastern part of Pomerania end expelled the German population from the area. The western part of Pomerania is now joined with Mecklenburg to form the German state of Meklenburg-Vorpommern.

In German times a lot of Griep's were living in Pomerania. It is not clear yet where they originated from. Speculations vary: original Slavic inhabitants, Flemish colonists from the 12th century, Dutch seamen that came to the region in the 16th century as a result of the intens trade contacts of those years? There are also old stories in the family about a Scandinavian origin. On the map below the area's are shown where Griep in Pomerania was living (
click on the map to read more about the Griep's from that town or region).

The first one to appeare in the registers was the farmer Michael Griep, living at Stargard in 1666.
Most Griep's, though, were living in the eastern part, where the village of Klein Silkow was the main focussing point. In 1717 Christian Griep had a farm there. Look for these families on the pages: Griep from Klein Silkow, Griep from Lojow and Gumbin and Griep at Stolp.
Lastly there were also Griep's living in the 'Landeskreisen' Belgard and Kolberg.

The departure of Griep from Pomerania started around 1870, when some of them emigrated to America. Now, Pomeranian Griep-families are living in areas like Dayton, Ohio and in Watertown and Manitowoc in Wisconsin. The ones that had to leave after 1945 now live at all parts of Germany.

  • The grandfather of Rainer Griep from Hamburg has, as he wrote, "looked into a lot of church-books and was able to trace our family back to 1648". He found out that the origin of his Griep-family lies in Pomerania, in the part that is Polish now: Hinter-Pommern.

  • The father of Detlef Griep from Möhrenbach also could trace their origin to Pomerania. He ended in the village of Klein-Silkow. This village is situated near Stolp, which is Polish now: Zelkowo near Slupsk.



In the utmost north of Germany, in the province of Holstein, a family is living whose name is mostly written as Gripp. In the older days there were also different notations, like Griep and Gryp.

-- From 1539 on, Carsten Griep (also written as Grip, Gryp, Grypp and Gryphius) was mayor of Kiel.
-- Around 1650 Hans Gripp was the owner of a farm at Bad Bramstedt, a village some 15 miles south of Neumünster.
A few more miles to the south, in the village of Lentföhrden, farmer Joachim Gripp (also written as Jochen Griep) was married to Anna Borcherts, born in 1723. Till recent days his descendants live nearby.
About 1729, Hinrich Griep was born in Wittorf, a village in Holstein. His grandson Marx Griep migrated to America and settled in Syracuse New York State, USA.
-- Also at Neumünster, Itzehoe and other places in Holstein the names Griep and Gripp can frequently be found.

The information about these families that is available yet, is listed on page Griep from Holstein.


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on October 20, 2006, by
Jan Griep, Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands