Early Origins of the Grono family
The surname Grono was first found in Flintshire
(Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh
Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales
, where they held a family seat
on the Welsh
border. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales
was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans
met more resistance from the Welsh
than in the rest of England
. The Welsh
fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales
upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales
as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales
were presented to the Welsh
people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh
surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 13th century, although it is undoubtedly much older, when it was found along the north coast from Angelsey to Flint.
Early History of the Grono family
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Grono Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Grono, Gronow, Gronnow, Gronowe, Gronower, Gronna, Gronnor, Gronnowe, Gronough and many more.
Early Notables of the Grono family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grono family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Grono Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Grono, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Grono (post 1700)
- John Grono (1767-1847), Welsh-born, Australian settler, sailor, ship builder, ship captain, sealer, whaler and farmer
- Nick Grono (b. 1966), Australian human rights campaigner who heads the Freedom Fund, former Chief of Staff to the Australian Attorney-General