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Brograve History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Brograve is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived near a large grove of trees in Hertsfordshire.

Early Origins of the Brograve family


The surname Brograve was first found in Hertforshire 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.

Early History of the Brograve family


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Brograve Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Brograve are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Brograve include: Brograve, Brogrove, Bragrove, Bragrave and others.

Early Notables of the Brograve family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Brograve family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Brograve or a variant listed above:

Brograve Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Brograve, who settled in New England in 1659

The Brograve Motto


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: Finis dat esse
Motto Translation: Death gives us (real) being.


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