Grew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name Grew originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.
Early Origins of the Grew family
The surname Grew was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Grew family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grew research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, 1650, 1523 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Grew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grew Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached the general citizenry. Research into the name Grew revealed spelling variations, including MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.
Early Notables of the Grew family (pre 1700)
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grew family
Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Grew: Bernard, Bridget, Charles, Denis, Edward, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Mark, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Robert, Thomas McGrath all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Grew (post 1700) +
- Joseph Clark Grew (1880-1965), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1927-32; Japan, 1932-38 
Related Stories +