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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 shepherds. It is the word from which the surname Grooms is derived.

Early Origins of the Grooms family

The surname Grooms 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 Grooms family

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Grooms Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Grooms 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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Grooms Ranking

In the United States, the name Grooms is the 3,420th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [2]

Canada Grooms migration to Canada +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Grooms Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Elijah Grooms U.E. who settled in Kingston, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Grooms U.E. who settled in Kingston, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grooms (post 1700) +

  • 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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  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook