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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groover research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1332 is included under the topic Early Groover History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Groover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Groover Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Groover, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Eliza Groover, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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


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  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Groover Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Groover 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.

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