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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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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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