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 Colgreve family
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 Colgreve family
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Colgreve Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Colgrove, Colgrave, Colegrove, Colegrave and others.
Early Notables of the Colgreve family (pre 1700)
(c. 1667-c. 1759), English colonial immigrant, the first...
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Migration of the Colgreve 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 Colgreve 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.
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