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Where did the English Hargreaves family come from? What is the English Hargreaves family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hargreaves family history?

The Hargreaves name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Hargrave, a place-name found in the counties of Cheshire, Northants, and Suffolk. There is also a Hargrave Hall in Cheshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements har, which meant "hare" or "on the border," and graf or græfe, which meant "grove." The place-name as a whole meant "grove filled with rabbits" or "grove on a border."

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hargreaves has undergone many spelling variations, including Hargrove, Hargreave, Hargreaves, Hargrave, Hargroves and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hargreaves research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1332, 1486, 1499, 1541, 1529, 1690, 1741 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Hargreaves History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hargreaves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hargreaves were among those contributors:

Hargreaves Settlers in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Hargreaves settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765

Hargreaves Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Hargreaves arrived in Adelaide aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840
  • Samuel Hargreaves arrived in Adelaide aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840
  • Eliza Hargreaves, aged 17, arrived in Wellington aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Winter Hargreaves, aged 9, arrived in Wellington aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • James Hargreaves, who arrived in New York in 1842


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  • William H Hargreaves, English medical researcher and educator
  • Bryn Hargreaves (b. 1985), English rugby league player
  • James Hargreaves (1720-1778), English weaver and inventor
  • James Hargreaves (1834-1915), English chemist and inventor
  • Owen Hargreaves (b. 1981), English professional footballer
  • Joseph Kenneth "Ken" Hargreaves MBE, KSG (1939-2012), English Conservative Member of Parliament for the Hyndburn constituency, Lancashire (1983 and 1992)
  • Adam Hargreaves (b. 1963), British author of children's books
  • Alison Hargreaves (1963-1995), British mountain climber
  • Andrew Raikes Hargreaves (b. 1955), British politician
  • John Leo Hargreaves (b. 1949), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly (since 1998), and Minister (2004 to 2009)

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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: Vincit amor patria
Motto Translation: My beloved country will conquer.

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