The name Greeville came to England
with the ancestors of the Greeville family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Greeville family lived in the place named Grenneville in the barony of St. Denis de Gaste, Normandy
. The family name Greeville 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 Greeville was established by Norman landholders in the county of Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Greeville family
The surname Greeville 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 Greeville family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greeville 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 Greeville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greeville Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Greville, Grevill, Graville, Gravill, Gravell, Gravelle, Gravel, Grevil, Grevile, Gravile and many more.
Early Notables of the Greeville 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 Greeville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greeville family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Greeville or a variant listed above: 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.