Groome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the name Groome follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for 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 Groome is derived.

Early Origins of the Groome family

The surname Groome 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 Groome family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groome 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 Groome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Groome Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Groome were recorded, including Groome, Grome, Groom and others.

Early Notables of the Groome 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 Groome migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Groome family emigrate to North America:

Groome Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Groome, Ship's Captain, settled in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Samuel Groome, who settled in New England in 1650
  • Hannah Groome, who arrived in Maryland in 1657 [2]
  • John Groome, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [2]
  • Mary Groome, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666 [2]
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Groome Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Groome, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]
Groome Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Groome, who landed in Mississippi in 1858 [2]
  • John Groome, who arrived in Mississippi in 1895 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Groome (post 1700) +

  • John Charles Groome (1862-1930), American first commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police (1905-1917)
  • John Charles Groome (1800-1866), American politician, Secretary of State of Maryland
  • Robert Hindes Groome (1810-1889), English churchman, Archdeacon of Suffolk, born at Framlingham on 18 Jan. 1810, the second son of the Rev. John Hindes Groome, formerly fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and rector for twenty-seven years of Earl Soham and Monk Soham in Suffolk [3]
  • Jeremy Jonathan Groome (b. 1955), former English cricketer
  • Georgia Isobel Groome (b. 1992), English actress, best known for her roles in "London to Brighton" and "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging"
  • Francis Hindes Groome (1851-1902), English author, son of Robert Hindes Groome
  • James Black Groome (1838-1893), American politician, 36th Governor of Maryland (1874-1876)

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