My motheers maiden name is ACREE . I've done research in N.C. and Va. My grandfather said the name was German in origin .....but my research led me to the Scotish/English area and the year 1080 . The French/Norman nameD'Acree (a knight who fought at the battle of hastings under Duke William of Normandy ). A large land grant was given to this man in the lincolnshire/Yorkshire area sometime after 1066 AD . The D' was droped to become Acree . Some Acrees arrived in Virginia in late 1600's. I have a DIRECT ancester William Acree .( Warren county N.C.) who surveyed a churchyard there in 1740 .Landgrant given by King of England "640 acres on sixpound creek" (now underwater in Lake Gaston ) Family moved to Brunswick Co. Va. in late 1800's .Four generatons buried in the Olive Branch Baptist Churchyard cemetary.(Blackridge ,Va.) The remaining Acrees live in ajoining counties around the NC/SC boarder. I am most interested in your research on the German origin . I worked for the US government in Germany for 10 years and believe there is some validity to a German branch . Please call me collect. (540)957-2515 or e-mail A.S.A.P. I look forward to talking to you.