Groombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Groombe name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Groombe was originally a name given to someone who worked as 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 Groombe is derived.

Early Origins of the Groombe family

The surname Groombe 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 Groombe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groombe research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1335, 1279, 1327, 1319, 1678, 1760, 1695, 1699 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Groombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Groombe Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Groombe are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Groombe include: Groome, Grome, Groom and others.

Early Notables of the Groombe 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...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Groombe family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Groombe or a variant listed above: Nicholas Groome, Ship's Captain, settled in Massachusetts in 1630 and wrote a book called "A Glass for the people of the northeast" describing the people and the coast of New England.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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