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Greaves is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived 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 Greaves also referred to manager or overseer as an occupational surname.

Greaves Early Origins



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

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Greaves Spelling Variations


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Greaves Spelling Variations



Greaves has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Grieves, Grieve, Greve, Greves, Greeves, Greaves, Greave, Griveson, Greaveson, Greavson and many more.

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Greaves Early History


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Greaves Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greaves 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 Greaves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greaves Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greaves 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 Greaves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greaves In Ireland


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Greaves In Ireland



Some of the Greaves 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


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Greavess to arrive on North American shores:

Greaves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Admiral Greaves, who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1823

Greaves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Greaves, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  • Richard Greaves, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  • Richard Greaves, aged 21, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  • Henry Greaves, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Greaves Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Greaves, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Mary Greaves, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Joseph Greaves, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Joseph Greaves, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • John Greaves, aged 34, a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greaves (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greaves (post 1700)



  • Sandra Greaves (1963-1987), Canadian gold medalist judoka at the 1987 Pan American Games, first female judoka to represent Canada at the Olympics
  • Johnny Greaves (b. 1966), professional American off-road racing racetruck driver
  • Percy L. Greaves Jr. (1906-1984), American free-market economist and historian, Research Director for the Republican National Committee (1943-1945)
  • William Greaves (b. 1926), African-American four-time Emmy Award nominated filmaker
  • Ronald Bertram Aloysius "R. B." Greaves III (1943-2012), American singer, best known for his 1969 pop single "Take a Letter Maria"
  • Joseph A. Greaves, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1882
  • Harry B. Greaves, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1948
  • Harry Greaves, American politician, Mayor of West Linn, Oregon, 1921-22
  • Charles D. Greaves, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1896; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1900
  • Charles C. Greaves, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Nevis, 1897-1905
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Greaves Historic Events


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Greaves Historic Events




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Motto


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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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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Greaves Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greaves 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.

This page was last modified on 3 February 2017 at 17:23.

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