The distinguished surname Colgraffe 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 Colgraffe family
The surname Colgraffe 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
Early History of the Colgraffe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colgraffe research.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1610, 1620, 1610, 1663, 1640, 1667, 1759, 1694, 1787, 1717 and 1768 are included under the topic Early Colgraffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colgraffe Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Colgrove, Colgrave, Colegrove, Colegrave and others.
Early Notables of the Colgraffe 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... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colgraffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colgraffe family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Colgrave, who settled in Virginia in 1668; Wm Colegrove, who was granted land in Virginia in 1713; George H. Colgrave, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1849.
The Colgraffe 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.