The history of the Gravelee family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the place named Grenneville in the barony of St. Denis de Gaste, Normandy
. The family name Gravelee was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. The Normans
frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy
as part of their name. The surname Gravelee was established by Norman landholders in the county of Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Gravelee family
The surname Gravelee was first found in Buckinghamshire
where they held a family seat
soon after the Norman Conquest
. They are believed to be from Grenneville in the barony of St. Denis de Gaste in the Cotentin in Normandy
. Accompanying the Conqueror at Hastings in 1066 the family, father William and son Robert, became under-tenants of the Giffards in Buckinghamshire
. Richard, son of Robert, married Isabel, daughter and heiress of Gautier Giffard, Earl of Buckingham, thus inheriting the title which would later become the Duke of Buckingham. Although the Harleian Society claims there is no relationship to the west country Grevilles in Gloucester, a branch which emerged about 1250, we find this most unlikely. The similarity of the Coat of Arms of each of these families is more than conclusive evidence that the Grevilles of Gloucester were directly related to the Grenvilles of Buckinghamshire
, although it must be admitted there was a noble family of Lagravol or Greville in Montfaucon-du-Velay in Forez
also emerging in the 13th century.
Early History of the Gravelee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gravelee research.Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1267, 1607, 1643, 1628, 1658, 1643, 1658, 1677, 1720, 1699, 1701, 1701 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Gravelee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gravelee Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Greville, Grevill, Graville, Gravill, Gravell, Gravelle, Gravel, Grevil, Grevile, Gravile and many more.
Early Notables of the Gravelee family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Greville of Milcote; Robert Greville, 2nd Baron
Brooke (1607-1643), an English Civil War Roundhead General, the cousin and adopted son of Fulke Greville, 1st Baron
Brooke, owner of Warwick Castle, Parliament for Warwickshire
(1628), reportedly shot by a... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gravelee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gravelee family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Gravelee or a variant listed above were: Ffrancis Grevill, who came to Virginia in 1620; John Grevill, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1740; John Gravell, aged 16, who settled in Jamaica in 1685.