Family Origins

(This site includes several thousand surnames of English, Irish, Scottish, French, Canadian and German ancestry).

These are the main lineages:

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Birnbaum 1772 - Present

Mecklenberg, Germany  >  Michigan

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Brader 1720 - Present      (Also spelled Broeder and Braeder)

Palatine Germany > Allentown, PA and surrounding areas > Michigan

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Brunni 1814 - Present          (Also spelled Brunne)

France > Palatine Germany > Ohio & Michigan

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Crego 1539 - Present

Cornwall England > Ontario, Canada> New York> Michigan

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Flood  1768 - Present

County Donegal, Ireland > Ontario > Michigan, Wisconsin

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Frantz  1596 - Present     (Also spelled France)

Diedendorf, Alsace Region of France > Pennsylvania

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Greer  1882 - Present

Ireland > Ontario > Michigan

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Gwiazdowski/Starland  1882 - Present

Posen Poland > Michigan

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Kiesele 1610 - Present

Friesenheim, Baden, Germany > Newark, New Jersey, > New York, >
Washington D.C. > Allentown, Pennsylvania > Michigan

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Kolberg 1777 - Present

Prussia/Baltic (Now Poland) > Wisconsin > Michigan

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Koons/Koontz 1700 - Present     Originally "Kuntz" upon arrival in America, the surname has been spelled in many various ways.

Palatine Germany via Netherlands > Maryland > Ohio > Michigan

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Kressley 1551 - Present

Baden Wurtemburg/Rhine River area of Germany>Bas Rhine> Alsace, France > Allentown, PA USA and surrounding areas > MI, MT, WY, IN, CA, TX

**This surname is an Americanized version of "Graslin>Greslin>Graessle>Grassl and Gressel".  It dates back to the 1500's to an area east of the Rhine River in Baden Wurttemburg, Germany, as well as areas around Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France. One Graessle lineage was famous for handing down the art of glassmaking through the generations.   

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Lange/Lang 1835 - Present

Prussia> Greidach, Kr. Saar, Reg Mersburg, Germany > Tawas Twp. Michigan

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Madill 1763 - Present

County Monaghan, Ireland > Ontario & Saskatchewan

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Martin 1623 - Present   (with a link to Stalnaker)

North Carolina, South Carolina > Georgia > Michigan

 

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Dorset England > Massachusettes/Rhode Island > Ontario > Michigan
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McMillan / MacMillan  1813 Scotland - Present

Kilchoman, Isle of Islay, Scotland > Mount Forest, Wellington County, Ontario > Michigan.

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Meehan 1762 - Present

County Down, Ireland > Quebec > Pepin Co., Wisconsin

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1855
Sölvesborg, Blekinge, Sweden > Tacoma Washington > Oregon>California
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Hugenots fled persecution in France, traveled through Germany, and immigrated to the USA

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White 1780 Ireland - Present

County Monaghan, Ireland > Hemmingford, Quebec > Haliburton County, Ontario >
(Gooderham, Kinmount) Toronto, Kitchener;
Saskatchewan and the United States (MI)

(Joseph White married Bertha Simmons, great, great granddaughter of Alexander McLAUGHLIN and great granddaughter of JOHN McLAUGHLIN)

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Wiltse 1592 Luxembourg - Present

Phillippe Maton Wiltsee aka Wiltsze, Wiltze, Wiltsee, was born in 1592 in Hertogdom Luxemburg, "Spanish Netherlands" (which included Belgium and Luxembourg). His son Hendrick Martensen Wiltsee was born in 1623 in Aboard the Ship New Netherland from Copenhagen, Denmark> Virginia > Ontario> Michigan

Probable ancestor: Alexander De Wiltz who was born Abt. 1560 in Luxembourg. 

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Witt 1778 - Present

Prussia (Now Poland) > Wisconsin > Michigan

This lineage has been traced back to the German Lutheran areas close to the Wisla river near Warsaw, Poland.

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Young 1820 - Present

Canada (New Brunswick) > Michigan

Descendants of Young, Stewart and Campbell Clans of Scotland