The ancestry of the name Congreeve dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. 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 Congreeve family
The surname Congreeve was first found in Staffordshire
at Congreve, "where the ancestors of this house were seated soon after the Conquest." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Congreve is now part of Penkridge, a market town and civil parish as of 1934.
Early History of the Congreeve family
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Congreeve Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Congreeve have been found, including Congreve, Congrave and others.
Early Notables of the Congreeve family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Congreeve family to Ireland
Some of the Congreeve family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Congreeve family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Congreeve, or a variant listed above: John Congrave and Winifred settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Congreeve 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.