name Groeves comes from when the family resided in or near a grove of trees. The surname is derived from the Old English word graua,
the root of the modern word "grove," which described a small cluster of trees.
Early Origins of the Groeves family
The surname Groeves was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Groeves family
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Groeves Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Groeves has been recorded under many different variations, including Grove, Groves, Le Grove and others.
Early Notables of the Groeves family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Groeves family to Ireland
Some of the Groeves family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Groeves family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Groeves or a variant listed above: Daniel Grove who settled in Barbados in 1690; Richard Grove in Virginia in 1623; William Grove in St. Christopher in 1635; John Groves settled in Bermuda in 1635.
The Groeves 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: Ny dessux ny dessoux
Motto Translation: Neither above nor beneath.