Congrieve History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Congrieve is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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 Congrieve family
The surname Congrieve 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 Congrieve family
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Congrieve Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Congrieve family name include Congreve, Congrave and others.
Early Notables of the Congrieve 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 Congrieve family to Ireland
Some of the Congrieve 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.
Migration of the Congrieve family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Congrieve surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Congrave and Winifred settled in Virginia in 1635.
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.
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.