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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The surname Grossett is derived from the Middle English word "gros," meaning "large," and was originally a nickname for a large man.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Grossart, Grossert, Grosart, Grosset, Grossett, Grosshart, Grosset, Groset and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat but we may conclude that it is from some source in Normandy where the name was popular in pre-conquest times. The Grossarts were an ancient French family of Rotterdam.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grossett research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1711, 1714, 1760 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Grossett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Grossett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christopher Grossert, who settled in Philadelphia in 1743; Adam Grosshart, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1771; as well as Catherine Grosset, who left Acadia for South America in 1765..

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The Grossett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grossett 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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