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Early Origins of the Grocott family

The surname Grocott was first found in Worcestershire where the family was first referenced in the year 1275 when Margeria Groucok was listed as holding lands in the Subsidy Rolls at that time. William Grucock was listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1312. [1]

The Grew, Grue and Grow variants have a slightly different origin. They hail from Yorkshire where the "surname is derived from a nickname, 'the grew,' 'Grew, a greyhound." [2]. "It is worth noticing, however, that my instances are from Yorkshire. Henry III in 1350 spent his Christmas at York. In the expenditure for that visit appears the provision of '7000 fowls, 1750 partridges, 125 swans, 115 'grues' (an unknown bird), 125 peacocks, 290 pheasants,' &c.; v. Miss Holt's paper in Christmas number of The Fireside, 1887. As every other bird in the list is a familiar surname to-day, there is no reason why the 'grue' should not be the same." [3]

Reviewing the aforementioned Groucock and Grucock entries point strongly to the use of the name as a "bird."

Indeed the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 confirm the "northern" origin for this variant as Johannes Grewe; Johanna Grewe; and Agnes Grewe are all listed as holding there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Grocott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grocott research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1312, 1455, 1487, 1607, 1641, 1689 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Grocott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grocott Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Growcock, Growcott, Groucott, Groucock, Growcot, Grocot, Grewcot, Grocott, Groocot, Groocott, Grewcott, Grew, Grewe, Grucock, Grucott, Grucot, Groow and many more.

Early Notables of the Grocott family

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United States Grocott migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grocott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary A. Grocott, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1893
Grocott Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Grocott, aged 25, who landed in America from Stoke, in 1905
  • Arthur Grocott, aged 40, who landed in America from St. Helens, England, in 1907
  • Alise Grocott, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Tunstall, England, in 1914
  • Harry Grocott, aged 29, who landed in America from Tunstall, England, in 1914
  • Margaret Alise Grocott, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Tunstall, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Grocott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Grocott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Grocott, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Grocott, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grocott (post 1700) +

  • Kevin Grocott (b. 1992), English footballer
  • Bruce Joseph Grocott PC (b. 1940), Baron Grocott, Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tony Blair (1994 to 2001)
  • Ann Grocott (b. 1938), Australian writer and painter


  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Halliwell, James Orchard. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial WordsLondon: John Russel Smith, Old Compton Street, Soho, 1848, Digital, 2 Vols
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-lyon


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