Gravatt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 215 words (15 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...
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Australia Gravatt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gravatt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Gravatt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [1]

New Zealand Gravatt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]
  • Lieutenant George Gravatt (1815-1843), British officer in the British Army, commander of the Moreton Bay settlement, Australia, eponym of Mount Gravatt

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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