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The name Greeves has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally 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 Greeves also referred to manager or overseer as an occupational surname.

Greeves Early Origins



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

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Greeves Spelling Variations


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Greeves Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Greeves include Grieves, Grieve, Greve, Greves, Greeves, Greaves, Greave, Griveson, Greaveson, Greavson and many more.

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Greeves Early History


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Greeves Early History



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

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Greeves Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Greeves In Ireland


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Greeves In Ireland



Some of the Greeves 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Greeves Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Greeves, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • John Greeves settled in Virginia in 1650

Greeves Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Greeves settled in Rappahanock Virginia in 1741

Greeves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John G Greeves, who arrived in Louisiana in 1810
  • Agnes Greeves, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Wm. Greeves, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1892

Greeves Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Fred Greeves, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Fermanagh, in 1900
  • William Greeves, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1908
  • Ridgray Greeves, aged 36, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1909
  • William Greeves, aged 54, who landed in America from Worcester, England, in 1917
  • Rosanna Greeves, aged 35, who emigrated to America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greeves (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greeves (post 1700)



  • Teri Greeves (b. 1970), American Kiowa-Comanche-Italian beadwork artist
  • Marion Janet Greeves MBE (1894-1979), née Cadbury, English politician, the first one of two female members of the Senate of Northern Ireland
  • Major-General Sir Stuart Greeves (1897-1987), British Commanding Officer 80th Indian Brigade, Burma (1942)
  • Major-General Sir Stuart Greeves KBE CB DSO and Bar MC and Bar (1897-1989), British Indian Army officer
  • Edward Goderich "Carji" Greeves Jr (1903-1963), Australian rules footballer, eponym of the Carji Greeves Medal
  • Oscar Bertram "Bert" Greeves MBE (1906-1993), British engineer, founder of Invacar Ltd (1942), Greeves motor cycles (1953)
  • Augustus Frederick Adolphus Greeves (1806-1874), Australian politician, former Mayor of Melbourne, Member of Parliament for Melbourne

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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. 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).
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Greeves Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greeves 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.

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