Grenville is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Grenville family lived in one of the many places named Grenville in Normandy
. Grenville was a seaport in Lower Normandy. There are also many places in Normandy
called Grainville, which is a place-name derived from the Germanic personal name
Guarin, which means guard, and the Old French word ville, which means village or settlement.
Early Origins of the Grenville family
The surname Grenville was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where they descend from Richard de Grenville who came with the Conqueror in the train of Walter Giffard, Earl of Longeville and Buckingham. He was son in law of Giffard. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Cornwall and Devon is home to the family too as George Grenville of Stowe stated in 1711 in a letter to his nephew: "Your ancestors for at least five hundred years never made any alliances, male of female, out of the western counties: thus there is hardly a gentleman either in Cornwall or Devon, but has some of you blood, as you of theirs."
Early History of the Grenville family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grenville research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1315, 1542, 1591, 1576, 1577, 1596, 1643, 1600, 1658, 1628, 1701, 1661, 1701, 1691, 1693, 1692, 1711, 1707, 1666, 1735 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Grenville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grenville Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Grenville are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Grenville include Granville, Granfield, Grandfield, Greenfield and others.
Early Notables of the Grenville family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Richard Grenville (1542-1591), an English sailor from Bideford, Devon, sea captain and explorer, Sheriff of Cornwall
(1576-1577) and Sheriff of Cork; Sir Bevil Grenville (1596-1643), Royalist soldier in the English Civil War, and Member of Parliament; Sir Richard Grenville (Granville) (1600-1658), 1st... Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grenville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grenville family to Ireland
Some of the Grenville family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Grenville family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Grenville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Grenville, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
- Edna Grenville, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
Grenville Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Eliza Grenville, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
- Susan Grenville, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Grenville (post 1700)
- William Wyndham Grenville PC (1759-1834), 1st Baron Grenville, British Whig statesman, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1806-1807)
- Thomas Grenville (1719-1747), British officer of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament for Bridport (1746-1747)
- Thomas Grenville PC (1755-1846), British politician and bibliophile
- John Ashley Soames Grenville (1928-2011), born Hans Guhrauer, German-born, British historian who escaped the Holocaust in 1939 with his brothers, his mother died in a concentration camp
- James Grenville PC (1742-1825), 1st Baron Glastonbury, British politician, Member of Parliament for Thirsk (1765–1768), for Buckingham (1770–1790) and for Buckinghamshire (1790–1797)
- James Grenville (1715-1783), British politician, Member of Parliament for Old Sarum (1742–1747), for Bridport (1747–1754), for Buckingham (1754–1768) and for Horsham (1768–1770)
- Kate Grenville (b. 1950), Australian author, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Britain's Orange Prize
- Henry Grenville (1717-1784), British diplomat and politician
- George Grenville (1712-1770), British Whig statesman, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1763-1765)
- Chaloner Grenville Alabaster (1930-1941), son of Chaloner Grenville Alabaster, Attorney General of Hong Kong
The Grenville 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: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.