of Britain first developed the name Groomes. It was a name given to someone who was 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 Groomes is derived.
Early Origins of the Groomes family
The surname Groomes was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Groomes family
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Groomes Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Groomes have been found, including Groome, Grome, Groom and others.
Early Notables of the Groomes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Groomes family to Ireland
Some of the Groomes family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Groomes family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Groomes, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: 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.