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Early Origins of the Gronow family

The surname Gronow 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 and England 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 into England 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 Gronow family

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Gronow Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grono, Gronow, Gronnow, Gronowe, Gronower, Gronna, Gronnor, Gronnowe, Gronough and many more.

Early Notables of the Gronow family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gronow family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Gronow (post 1700) +

  • Rees Howell Gronow (1794-1865), Welsh writer of reminiscences, eldest son of William Gronow of Court Herbert, Glamorganshire, who died in 1830 [1]

  1. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook