Granville History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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. 
Early Origins of the Granville family
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. 
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."
Here is another account of the family's origin: "The ancient and noble family of Grenville of Stow in Kilkhampton, so much renowned in Cornwall, came into England with William the Conqueror. Richard de Grenville, who first visited this country, and who was a military officer, is said to be a younger brother of Robert Fitzhaman, Earl of Carbill, Lord of Thurigny and Granville in France and Normandy, and to have lineally descended from Rollo Duke of Normandy. Richard de Grenville, on obtaining a settlement in England, married Isabel, daughter of the Earl of Buckingham, and thus became the common ancestor of the Grenvilles in Cornwall, Devonshire, and Buckinghamshire. Those who came into the western parts, took up their primary residence at Bideford, where one of them held three knights' fees in the reign of Henry II. during which period they appear to have had a seat at Stow in Kilkhampton; but at what time this settlement began is very uncertain." 
Another source recounts a similar origin: "Richard, surnamed de Grenville, from one of his Lordships, was younger brother of the renowned conqueror of Glamorganshire, Robert Fitz-Hamon, and derived in direct descent from Rollo, the Dane. Accompanying his royal, kinsman to England, he fought at Hastings, and participated in the spoils of victory. He inherited also the Norman honours of his house, and was Earl of Corbeil and Baron of Thorigny and Granville. From him sprang the Granvilles of Stow, in Cornwall, a race of men distinguished in each successive generation, but pre-eminently illustrious in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the achievements of the Granvilles illumine with their brilliancy the page of their country's annals. We can only glance in passing at the heroic death of the gallant Admiral Granville, the friend and relative of Raleigh, and exclaim with John Evelyn, than this, "what have we more? What can be greater?" 
"The manor of Treglasta, which lies principally in Alternon, has its site at Treglasta in this parish. The manors of Halwell and Hendraburnick, were held formerly under Launceston Castle. These, with the manor of Tremeal, partly in this parish and partly in that of St. Juliot, were for some time in the Grenville family, from whom they were alienated prior to 1620." 
"[The parish of] Kilkhampton, which is rendered famous by the renowned family of Grenville, to whom it gave residence, and for furnishing to the celebrated Mr. Hervey an occasion to write his 'Meditations among the Tombs,' is situated in the northern part of Cornwall, in the deanery of Trigg Major, and in the hundred of Stratton, from which town it is about three miles and a half distant." 
"The name continued to be written Grenville until the Earls of Bath, in the seventeenth century, adopted the form of Granville." 
Early History of the Granville family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Granville research. Another 145 words (10 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.
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 many more.
Early Notables of the Granville family (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 Baronet, a Cornish Royalist leader during the English Civil War; John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath (1628-1701), English Royalist statesman during the English Civil War, who was made Lord...
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In the United States, the name Granville is the 8,926th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Granville family to Ireland
Some of the Granville 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.
Granville migration to the United States +
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, who 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 migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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 migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Granville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Thomas Granville, (b. 1803), aged 40 born in St. Veep, Cornwall, UK convicted in Lincoln on 6th January 1843, sentenced for 10 years for stealing rabbits, transported aboard the ship "Henretta" in 1843 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia 
- Edna Granville, aged 27, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 
- Miss Mary Granville, (b. 1830), aged 27, Cornish general servant departing from Plymouth on 18th April 1857 aboard the ship "Persia" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 27th July 1857 
- Mr. Thomas Granville, (b. 1857), aged 18, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Surrey" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 24th July 1875 
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
- Mrs. Sharon Granville M.B.E., British former Executive Director for Collections and Estates at National Museums Liverpool, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Museums 
- 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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The Granville 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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