Congreve History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Congreve comes from when the family resided 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 Congreve family
The surname Congreve was first found in Staffordshire at Congreve, "where the ancestors of this house were seated soon after the Conquest."  Congreve is now part of Penkridge, a market town and civil parish as of 1934.
Early History of the Congreve family
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Congreve Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Congreve has been recorded under many different variations, including Congreve, Congrave and others.
Early Notables of the Congreve 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...
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Migration of the Congreve family to Ireland
Some of the Congreve 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.
Congreve migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Congreve Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry John Congreve, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" 
- William Congreve, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" 
- Henry J. Congreve, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 
- William Congreve, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 
- Henry Congreve, aged 58, a chemist, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham" 
Congreve migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Congreve Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. W. Congreve, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 
Contemporary Notables of the name Congreve (post 1700) +
- Sir William Congreve (1772-1828), 2nd Baronet of Walton in the County of Stafford, English peer, inventor and rocket artillery pioneer, best known for his invention and deployment of Congreve rockets 
- Richard Congreve (1818-1899), English philosopher
- Major William "Billy" La Touche Congreve VC, DSO, MC (1891-1916), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
- General Sir Walter Norris Congreve VC KCB MVO DL (1862-1927), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Sir Geoffrey Cecil Congreve (1897-1941), 1st Baronet of Congreve in the County of Stafford, English peer
- Sir William Augustus Congreve (1827-1887), 3rd Baronet of Walton in the County of Stafford, English peer
- Lieutenant General Sir William Congreve (1743-1814), 1st Baronet of Walton in the County of Stafford, English peer, British military officer who improved artillery strength through gunpowder experiments
- Galfred Congreve (b. 1850), Scottish amateur international footballer
- Ambrose Christian Congreve (1907-2011), Irish industrialist, best known for his world-famous garden at Mount Congreve
- Rear-Admiral Claude Congreve Dobson VC, DSO (1885-1940), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
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The Congreve 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.