Grevill is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Grevill family lived in the place named Grenneville in the barony of St. Denis de Gaste, Normandy
. The family name Grevill 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 Grevill was established by Norman landholders in the county of Buckinghamshire.
Early Origins of the Grevill family
The surname Grevill 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 Grevill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grevill 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 Grevill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grevill Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Greville, Grevill, Graville, Gravill, Gravell, Gravelle, Gravel, Grevil, Grevile, Gravile and many more.
Early Notables of the Grevill 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 Grevill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grevill family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Grevill name or one of its variants:
Grevill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ffrancis Grevill, who settled in Virginia in 1620
Grevill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Grevill, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1740