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Where did the French Gravitt family come from? What is the French Gravitt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gravitt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gravitt family history?

The name Gravitt has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc. The name is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc but the name could have also been derived from the Old French word "grave," which meant "gravel."

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There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Grave, Grève, de Grèves, Grauve, Greive, Le Grave, de Grave, Graves and many more.

First found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gravitt research. Another 429 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1150, 1248, 1669, 1788, 1651 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Gravitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gravitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Gravitt has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gravitt were George Grave settled with his wife Elnor and son, John, aged 10; in Virginia in 1620; Hermon Up De Grave settled in Germantown, Pa. in 1693; Joan Grave, aged 30.

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  • Catt Gravitt (1965-2012), American songwriter, SESAC's Songwriter of the Year in 2012


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  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Gravitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gravitt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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