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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.

Grenville Early Origins



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. [1]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."

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Grenville Spelling Variations


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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.

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Grenville Early History


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Grenville Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grenville research. Another 289 words (21 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.

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Grenville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grenville Early Notables (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.

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Grenville In Ireland


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Grenville In Ireland



Some of the Grenville family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 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



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 [2]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" [3]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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grenville (post 1700)


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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 (17651768), for Buckingham (17701790) and for Buckinghamshire (17901797)
  • James Grenville (1715-1783), British politician, Member of Parliament for Old Sarum (17421747), for Bridport (17471754), for Buckingham (17541768) and for Horsham (17681770)
  • 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)

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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: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Grenville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grenville 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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