Show ContentsColegrove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Colegrove is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It is made up of two elements, both derived from Old English: "col," meaning "cold," and "graf," meaning "grove" or "thicket." It is likely that the original bearer of the name was someone from the north who lived near a large or well-known grove.

Early Origins of the Colegrove family

The surname Colegrove was first found in Oxfordshire, where the name is thought to have first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Geo Colgrave, who was married in Oxfordshire in 1566.

Early History of the Colegrove family

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Colegrove Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Colgrove, Colgrave, Colegrove, Colegrave and others.

Early Notables of the Colegrove family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Colgrave (b. 1640), a well-known lieutenant colonel in the British army; Francis Colegrove (c. 1667-c. 1759), English colonial immigrant, the first...
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Colegrove Ranking

In the United States, the name Colegrove is the 13,558th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Colegrove migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colegrove Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Colegrove (c. 1667-1759), English settler to Warwick, Rhode Island about 1688, generally thought to be from Oxfordshire and the first of the surname in the United States
Colegrove Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Colegrove, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [2]
Colegrove Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emma Colegrove, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Lizzie Colegrove, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Mary S. Colegrove, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Owen A. Colegrove, aged 10, who immigrated to America, in 1910
  • Iva B. Colegrove, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Colegrove (post 1700) +

  • Michel Bruce Colegrove, American educator, the fourth and fifth President of Hargrave Military Academy (1987 to 1989)
  • Jeremiah Colegrove (1758-1836), American farmer and manufacturer born in Scituate, Rhode Island who helped found the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
  • Jim Colegrove, popular American musician
  • William J. Colegrove, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1872
  • D. Robert Colegrove, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 1953
  • Arthur E. Colegrove, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Erie County Democratic Party, 1937

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Willett S. Colegrove Jr., American Seaman Second Class from Washington, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

The Colegrove 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: Fidei constants
Motto Translation: Steadfast in faith.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook