Today's generation of the Gravill family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gravill family lived in the place named Grenneville in the barony of St. Denis de Gaste, Normandy
. The family name Gravill 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 Gravill was established by Norman landholders in the county of Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Gravill family
The surname Gravill 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 Gravill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gravill 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 Gravill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gravill Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gravill include Greville, Grevill, Graville, Gravill, Gravell, Gravelle, Gravel, Grevil, Grevile, Gravile and many more.
Early Notables of the Gravill 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 Gravill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gravill family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Gravills to arrive on North American shores: 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.