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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Grave came from the baptismal name Reeve where as a surname it refers to son of Reeve. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time. The surname Grave also referred to manager or overseer as an occupational surname.

Grave Early Origins



The surname Grave was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Grave Spelling Variations


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Grave Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Grave has been recorded under many different variations, including Grieves, Grieve, Greve, Greves, Greeves, Greaves, Greave, Griveson, Greaveson, Greavson and many more.

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Grave Early History


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Grave Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grave research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1379, 1784, 1600, 1612, 1676, 1602, 1652, 1st , 1608, 1680, 1605 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Grave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grave Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grave Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Greaves (1612-1676), an English orientalist, a contributor to the London Polyglot; John Greaves (1602-1652), an English mathematician, astronomer and antiquary; Sir Edward Greaves, 1st Baronet (1608-1680)...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grave In Ireland


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Grave In Ireland



Some of the Grave family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Grave or a variant listed above:

Grave Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Grave settled with his wife Elnor and son, John, aged 10, in Virginia in 1620
  • Elnor Grave, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • George Grave, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Joan Grave, aged 30, landed in New England in 1635
  • Joan Grave, aged 30, settled in New England in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grave Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Grave, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Johannes Grave, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Nicolaus Grave, who landed in America in 1783

Grave Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Marg Grave, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Jonathan Grave, who landed in New York in 1827
  • Elis Grave, who arrived in America in 1844
  • Heinrich Grave, aged 22, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • Joh B Grave, aged 4, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grave Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bertha Grave, aged 20, landed in Quebec in 1868
  • Mathilde Grave, aged 18, arrived in Quebec in 1868

Grave Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Grave, aged 40, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert"

Grave Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Abel Grave, aged 31, a shoemaker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Sarah Grave, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Joseph Summers Grave arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grave (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grave (post 1700)



  • Frederick David Grave (b. 1889), American politician, Delegate to Connecticut convention to ratify 21st amendment at-large, 1933
  • Ivan Platonovich Grave (1874-1960), Russian and Soviet scientist in the field of artillery, Major General of the Engineer Corps (1942)
  • Dmitry Aleksandrovich Grave (1863-1939), Russian and Soviet mathematician
  • Pierre Marie de Grave, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815

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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: Spes mea in Deo
Motto Translation: My hope is in God.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Grave Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grave 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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