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. [1]

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."

Important Dates for 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 others.

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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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 [2]
Granville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Granville, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]

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 [3]
  • Edna Granville, aged 27, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [4]
  • 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 [5]
  • 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 [6]

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 [7]
  • 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 [8]
  • 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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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from
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  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
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