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

The ancestry of the name Groves dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in or near a grove of trees. The surname is derived from the Old English word graua, the root of the modern word "grove," which described a small cluster of trees.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Groves have been found, including Grove, Groves, Le Grove and others.

First found in Essex 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groves research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1609, 1692, 1654, 1659, 1660, 1634, 1696, 1691, 1696 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Groves History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Groves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Groves, or a variant listed above:

Groves Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Groves, aged 35, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • John Groves settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Jo Groves, who landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • Richard Groves, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Wm Groves, who landed in Virginia in 1654

Groves Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Groves, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Geo Groves, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Groves Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • H L Groves, aged 54, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • David Groves, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Samuel Groves, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845
  • J Groves, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Groves, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1854


  • Richard Groves (b. 1955), American actor, known for his work on Army of Darkness (1992), Point Break (1991) and Money Train (1995)
  • Lieutenant-General Leslie Richard Groves (1898-1970), American Member of the Military Liaison Commission to the Atomic Engery Commission (1947-1948), who managed the Manhattan Project
  • Paul Groves (b. 1964), American operatic tenor from Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Colin Peter Groves (b. 1942), English-born, Professor of Biological Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia
  • Paul Groves (b. 1966), English former professional footballer, manager and first team coach of Crawley Town
  • Perry Groves (b. 1965), former English footballer who played from 1982 to 1994
  • Victor George "Vic" Groves (b. 1932), English former footballer who played from 1952 to 1965
  • Frederick Groves (1892-1980), English footballer in the early 1900s
  • James Albert Groves (1883-1939), English footballer who played from 1903 to 1910
  • Dr. Abraham Groves (1849-1934), Canadian doctor who performed the first appendectomy operation in North America



  • Groves and Allied Families: 1982 Supplement Plus Complete New Genealogical Encyclopedia Plus Corrected and Expanded Basic Book of 1977 by James Groves.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ny dessux ny dessoux
Motto Translation: Neither above nor beneath.


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