Groover History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Groover surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the area that was referred to as the grove. The surname is derived from the Old English graf which meant of the grove.

Early Origins of the Groover family

The surname Groover was first found in Sussex 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.

Important Dates for the Groover family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groover research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1332 is included under the topic Early Groover History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Groover 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 Groover include Grover, Grovers and others.

Early Notables of the Groover family (pre 1700)

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Groover migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Groover Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Groover, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Eliza Groover, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Groover (post 1700)

  • Jan Groover (1943-2012), American photographer, recipient of the NEA Fellowship, 1978
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