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Granville is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Granville family lived in one of the many places named Grenville in Normandy. Grenville was a seaport in Lower Normandy. There are also many places in Normandy called Grainville, which is a place-name derived from the Germanic personal name Guarin, which means guard, and the Old French word ville, which means village or settlement.

Granville Early Origins



The surname Granville was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they descend from Richard de Grenville who came with the Conqueror in the train of Walter Giffard, Earl of Longeville and Buckingham. He was son in law of Giffard. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Cornwall and Devon is home to the family too as George Grenville of Stowe stated in 1711 in a letter to his nephew: "Your ancestors for at least five hundred years never made any alliances, male of female, out of the western counties: thus there is hardly a gentleman either in Cornwall or Devon, but has some of you blood, as you of theirs."

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Granville Spelling Variations


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Granville Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Granville family name include Granville, Granfield, Grandfield, Greenfield and others.

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Granville Early History


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Granville Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Granville research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1315, 1542, 1591, 1576, 1577, 1596, 1643, 1600, 1658, 1628, 1701, 1661, 1701, 1691, 1693, 1692, 1711, 1707, 1666, 1735 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Granville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Granville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Granville Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Richard Grenville (1542-1591), an English sailor from Bideford, Devon, sea captain and explorer, Sheriff of Cornwall (1576-1577) and Sheriff of Cork; Sir Bevil Grenville (1596-1643), Royalist soldier in the English Civil War, and Member of Parliament; Sir Richard Grenville (Granville) (1600-1658), 1st...

Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Granville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Granville In Ireland


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Granville In Ireland



Some of the Granville family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Granville family to immigrate North America:

Granville Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Granville, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Pierre Granville, aged 24, landed in Louisiana in 1719

Granville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Granville, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Granville Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Granville, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Catherine Granville, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818

Granville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edna Granville, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Granville (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Granville (post 1700)



  • William Anthony Granville (1864-1943), American mathematician, the sixth president of Gettysburg College (1910 to 1923)
  • Laura Granville (b. 1981), American professional tennis player
  • John M. Granville (1974-2008), American diplomat
  • Bonita Granville (1923-1988), American Academy Award nominated film actress and television producer
  • Harvey D. Granville, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from York County (8th), 1919-20
  • Danny Granville (b. 1975), English footballer
  • Sydney Granville (1880-1959), English opera singer and actor
  • Arthur Granville (1912-1987), Welsh footballer
  • Andrew Granville (b. 1962), British mathematician who specialized in the field of number theory, winner of the Chauvenet Prize (2008)

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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: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Granville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Granville Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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