Show ContentsGrome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Grome can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a servant or attendant. Groom is a Old English word for a house servant; it was also applied to shepherds. It is the word from which the surname Grome is derived.

Early Origins of the Grome family

The surname Grome was first found in Norfolk where Richard Grom was listed c. 1100. Years later, Ernald le Grom was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Gloucestershire in 1187. Later again, Robert Groum was noticed in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1327 as holding lands there at that time. [1]

Early History of the Grome family

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Grome Spelling Variations

Grome has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Grome have been found, including Groome, Grome, Groom and others.

Early Notables of the Grome family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Groome (1678?-1760), an English clergyman and divine, chaplain to Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holderness. He was "the son of John Groome of Norwich. After attending Norwich...
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United States Grome migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Gromes to arrive on North American shores:

Grome Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Grome, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [2]
  • Mary Grome, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grome (post 1700) +

  • Seymour Grome Rainsford (1900-1994), English surgeon, Rear Admiral, Deputy Medical Director-General of the Royal Navy, and Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook