The name Gravatt has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc
. The name is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc
but the name could have also been derived from the Old French word "grave," which meant "gravel."
Early Origins of the Gravatt family
The surname Gravatt was first found in Languedoc
, where the family has held a family seat
since very early times.
Early History of the Gravatt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gravatt research.Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1150, 1248, 1669, 1788, 1651 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Gravatt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gravatt Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Gravatt, some of which include Grave, Grève, de Grèves, Grauve, Greive, Le Grave, de Grave, Graves and many more.
Early Notables of the Gravatt family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Hugues, a Lord of Villegly and of Félines; and Jacques Gravier (1651-1708), a French Jesuit missionary in the New World from Moulins, Allier... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gravatt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gravatt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gravatt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Gravatt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMunnPassengers.htm
Gravatt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Nelson Gravatt, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Gravatt (post 1700)
- Eric Kamau Gravatt (b. 1947), American jazz drummer
- Charles U. Gravatt, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 32nd District, 1908-21 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Lieutenant George Gravatt (1815-1843), British officer in the British Army, commander of the Moreton Bay settlement, Australia, eponym of Mount Gravatt