The name Greeve has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc
. The name is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc
but the name could have also been derived from the Old French word "grave," which meant "gravel."
Early Origins of the Greeve family
The surname Greeve was first found in Languedoc
, where the family has held a family seat
since very early times.
Early History of the Greeve family
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Greeve Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Greeve is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Grave, Grève, de Grèves, Grauve, Greive, Le Grave, de Grave, Graves and many more.
Early Notables of the Greeve family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Hugues, a Lord of Villegly and of Félines; and Jacques Gravier (1651-1708), a French Jesuit missionary in the New World from Moulins, Allier... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Greeve Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greeve family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Greeve were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Greeve were
Greeve Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Greeve, who landed in America in 1769