Greif Family History
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Greif Name Meaning
German: habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a gryphon, Middle High German grif(e) (Old High German grif(o), from Late Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin). German: nickname for a grasping man, the gryphon in folk etymology having come to be associated with Middle High German grifen ‘to grasp or snatch’. English: variant of Grief.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press