Gravener History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gravener reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gravener family lived in Kent, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Gravener family

The surname Gravener was first found in Kent where they held a family seat. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Duke William of Normandy the village of Graveney was held by under-tenant Richard the Constable from chief-tenant, the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was customary that when the Normans introduced surnames into England the Baron or head of the family gave lands to his sons or other relatives. To distinguished these branches the offspring assumed the name of their holdings, and conjecturally, the surname was derived from Richard of Graveney in Kent, which at Domesday held manor and four salt houses on the edge of marshland.

Important Dates for the Gravener family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gravener research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1230, 1376, 1524, and 1546 are included under the topic Early Gravener History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gravener 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 Gravener family name include Graveney, Graveny, Gravenel, Graveneye, Gravener, Gravenor and many more.

Early Notables of the Gravener family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gravener family

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 Gravener family to immigrate North America: John Gravener who was recorded as having arrived in Maryland in 1634; and other settlers who established themselves in the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..

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