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

The family name Grooms is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a servant or attendant. Groom is a Old English word for a house servant; it was also applied to shephards. It is the word from which the surname Grooms is derived.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Grooms include Groome, Grome, Groom and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grooms research. Another 81 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1678 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Grooms History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grooms Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Nicholas Groome, Ship's Captain, settled in Massachusetts in 1630 and wrote a book called "A Glass for the people of the northeast" describing the people and the coast of New England.

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  • Wedsel Gary "Buddy" Grooms Jr. (b. 1965), former American Major League Baseball left-handed middle relief pitcher
  • Red Grooms (b. 1937), American multimedia artist
  • Lady Grooms, American former professional basketball player
  • Elois T. Grooms (b. 1953), former American football defensive lineman
  • Robert Grooms (1884-1948), American professional baseball player
  • Raymond John "Ray" Grooms (b. 1944), lawyer and former Australian sportsman and politician
  • Simon Grooms (b. 1950), British Producer & Director


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  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Grooms Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grooms 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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