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The generations and branches of the Grève family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Grève comes from the baptismal name Reeve
where as a surname it refers to son of Reeve
. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
, which meant son
, were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius
, which meant son
. By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time. The surname Grève also referred to manager
as an occupational
Early Origins of the Grève family
The surname Grève was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Grève family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grève research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1379, 1784, 1600, 1612, 1676, 1602, 1652, 1st , 1608, 1680, 1605 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Grève History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grève Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Grève include Grieves, Grieve, Greve, Greves, Greeves, Greaves, Greave, Griveson, Greaveson, Greavson and many more.
Early Notables of the Grève family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Greaves (1612-1676), an English orientalist, a contributor to the London Polyglot; John Greaves (1602-1652), an English mathematician, astronomer and antiquary; Sir Edward Greaves, 1st Baronet
(1608-1680)... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grève Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grève family to Ireland
Some of the Grève family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grève family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Grève or a variant listed above:
Grève Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ann, Henry, John and Mary Greve, who settled in Philadelphia between 1796 and 1856
Contemporary Notables of the name Grève (post 1700)
- Orville W. Greve, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 49th District, 1972 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Carsten Greve (b. 1965), Danish professor at Copenhagen Business School
- Arent Greve (1733-1808), Norwegian painter and goldsmith
- Mathias Sigwardt Greve (1832-1912), Norwegian physician, director of Rikshospitalet from 1883 to 1911
- Adolf Bredo Stabell Greve (1871-1931), Norwegian architect, son of Mathias Greve
- Georg C. F. Greve (b. 1973), German software developer, founder of the Free Software Foundation Europe, recipient of the Cross of Merit on ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2010
The Grève 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: Spes mea in Deo
Motto Translation: My hope is in God.