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Greville is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Greville family lived in the place named Grenneville in the barony of St. Denis de Gaste, Normandy. The family name Greville 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 Greville was established by Norman landholders in the county of Buckinghamshire.

Greville Early Origins



The surname Greville 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.

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Greville Spelling Variations


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Greville 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 Greville 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 Greville include Greville, Grevill, Graville, Gravill, Gravell, Gravelle, Gravel, Grevil, Grevile, Gravile and many more.

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Greville Early History


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Greville Early History



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

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Greville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greville Early Notables (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 Greville Notables 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Greville, or a variant listed above:

Greville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Kate Greville, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1893
  • William Greville, aged 24, who landed in America from Enfield, in 1896

Greville Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Greville, aged 30, who settled in America from Summerhill, in 1902
  • Algernon Eden Greville, aged 20, who landed in America from London, England, in 1904
  • Frances E. Greville, aged 45, who landed in America from Easton Dunnon, England, in 1907
  • Margaret Greville, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • Olive Greville, aged 30, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greville Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Chalonner Greville, aged 34, who settled in Fort William, Canada, in 1920
  • Edward Greville, aged 8, who emigrated to Fort William, Canada, in 1920
  • Robert Greville, aged 3, who emigrated to Fort William, Canada, in 1920
  • Eloine Greville, who landed in Hull, Canada, in 1923

Greville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Greville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greville (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greville (post 1700)



  • Thomas Nall Eden Greville (1910-1998), American Mathematician, instructor at the University of Michigan
  • Dr. Robert Kaye Greville LLD (1794-1866), English mycologist, bryologist, and botanist
  • Henry Greville (1801-1872), English diplomat
  • Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (1794-1865), English administrator, best known as a diarist
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Fulke Greville FRS, MP (1751-1824), British politician and courtier, Member of Parliament for Warwick (1774-1780), and for New Windsor (1796-1800)
  • Handel Greville (1921-2014), Welsh international rugby union fly-half who played for the Wales National Team in 1947
  • Brigadier Phillip Jamieson Greville, Australian Director of Transport, Australian Army
  • Julia Greville (b. 1979), Australian, Olympic medal winning swimmer
  • Dame Margaret Helen McEwan Anderson Greville (1863-1942), British society hostess and philanthropist
  • Charles Francis Greville (1749-1809), British antiquarian and collector, family member of the Earl of Warwick

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. 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).
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    The Greville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greville 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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