Congrave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Congrave name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a lane cut through woods or forest. The name is derived from congreave, a Old English word for such a road.

Early Origins of the Congrave family

The surname Congrave was first found in Staffordshire at Congreve, "where the ancestors of this house were seated soon after the Conquest." [1] Congreve is now part of Penkridge, a market town and civil parish as of 1934.

Early History of the Congrave family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Congrave research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1670, 1729, 1670, 1729 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Congrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Congrave Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Congrave were recorded, including Congreve, Congrave and others.

Early Notables of the Congrave family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Congreve (1670-1729), and English dramatist and poet. He was "born at Bardsey, near Leeds, where he was baptised on 10 Feb. 1669. He was the son Congreve; his mother's maiden name Browning. His grandfather, Richard Congreve, was a cavalier named for the order of...
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Congrave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Congrave family to Ireland

Some of the Congrave family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Congrave migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Congrave family emigrate to North America:

Congrave Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Congrave and Winifred settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Winnifred Congrave, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]


The Congrave 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: Non moritur cujus fama vivat
Motto Translation: He does not die whose fame may survive.


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  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)


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