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Where did the English Grooms family come from? What is the English Grooms family crest and coat of arms? When did the Grooms family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Grooms family history?

The family name Grooms is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a servant or attendant. Groom is a Old English word for a house servant; it was also applied to shephards. It is the word from which the surname Grooms is derived.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Grooms include Groome, Grome, Groom and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grooms research. Another 81 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1678 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Grooms History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grooms Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grooms Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Elijah Grooms U.E. who settled in Kingston, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Joseph Grooms U.E. who settled in Kingston, New Brunswick c. 1784

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  • Bruce Estes Grooms, American vice admiral in the United States Navy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development at Allied Command Transformation
  • Harlan Hobart Grooms (1900-1991), United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Ron Grooms (b. 1944), American politician, Member of the Indiana Senate (2011-)
  • Lawrence K. "Larry" Grooms (b. 1964), American politician, Member of the South Carolina Senate (1997-)
  • Red Grooms (b. 1937), born Charles Rogers Grooms, an American multimedia artist, best known for his colorful pop-art constructions of urban life
  • Robert Grooms (1884-1948), American professional baseball player
  • Wedsel Gary "Buddy" Grooms Jr. (b. 1965), former American Major League Baseball left-handed middle relief pitcher
  • Elois T. Grooms (b. 1953), former American football defensive lineman
  • Lady Grooms, American former professional basketball player
  • Raymond John "Ray" Grooms (b. 1944), Australian lawyer, sportsman and former politician

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  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Grooms Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grooms Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 8 April 2015 at 09:04.

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