All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Groman originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Grugain," which is derived from either "gruag," which means "hair," and "grug," which means "fierceness."
Early Origins of the Groman family
The surname Groman was first found in County Roscommon
(Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Groman family
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Groman Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations
during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Groman include Grogan, O'Grogan, Grogen, Groogen, Grugen, Groggan, O'Groogan and many more.
Early Notables of the Groman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Groman family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Groman were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:
Groman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Groman, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1896
Groman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Josef Groman, aged 6, who arrived in America, in 1909
- Adam Groman, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1920
- Edgar Groman, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1921
- Karl Groman, aged 34, who arrived in America, in 1922
- Benjamin Groman, aged 34, who arrived in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Groman (post 1700)
- Herman Charles Groman (1882-1954), American bronze medalist 400 meter runner at the 1904 Olympics
- William Frederick "Bill" Groman (1936-1960), American AFL football wide receiver, active from 1960 through 1965
The Groman 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: Honor et virtus
Motto Translation: Honour and virtue.