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

The ancestors of the Groover surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the area that was referred to as the grove. The surname is derived from the Old English graf which meant of the grove.

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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 Groover include Grover, Grovers and others.

First found in Sussex 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 Groover research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1332 is included under the topic Early Groover History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Groover 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: Samuel Grover settled in New England in 1635; Thomas Grover settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1640; another Thomas Grover arrived in Barbados in 1700.

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  • Jan Groover (1943-2012), American photographer, recipient of the NEA Fellowship, 1978


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  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Groover Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Groover 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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