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The ancestors of the Grosvenor family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Grosvenor is for a person in charge of hunting on the Lord's estates. Further research showed the name was derived from the Anglo Norman French gros, which means great, or chief, and veneor, which means hunter.

Grosvenor Early Origins



The surname Grosvenor was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Grosvenor Spelling Variations


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Grosvenor Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Grosvenor family name include Grosvenor, Grosvener and others.

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Grosvenor Early History


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Grosvenor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grosvenor research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1645, 1604, 1665, 1655, 1700, 1693, 1732, 1695 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Grosvenor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grosvenor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grosvenor Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grosvenor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Grosvenor family to immigrate North America:

Grosvenor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Grosvenor who settled in New England in 1630
  • John Grosvenor, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1691

Grosvenor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E. C. Grosvenor settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1826
  • Albert Grosvenor, who landed in Colorado in 1883

Grosvenor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Grosvenor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grosvenor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grosvenor (post 1700)



  • Charles Henry Grosvenor (1833-1917), American politician, brigade commander in the Union Army during the American Civil War, multiple-term U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Charles Grosvenor (b. 1952), American film director
  • Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (1875-1966), American father of photojournalism, first full-time editor of National Geographic Magazine (1899 to 1954)
  • Gilbert Melville Grosvenor (b. 1931), American editor of the National Geographic Magazine from 1903 to 1954, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Richard Grosvenor KG, PC, (1795-1869), 2nd Marquess of Westminster, English politician, landowner, property developer and benefactor
  • Hugh Lupus Grosvenor KG, PC, JP, (1825-1899), 1st Duke of Westminster, English landowner, politician and racehorse owner
  • Luther James Grosvenor (b. 1946), English rock musician
  • Robert Grosvenor KG (1767-1845), 1st Marquess of Westminster, English Member of Parliament
  • Robert Grosvenor (1895-1953), British World War I flying ace credited with 16 aerial victories
  • Robert Grosvenor (1914-1957), 5th Baron Ebury, British politician
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus, non stemma
Motto Translation: Virtue, not pedigree.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    11. ...

    The Grosvenor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grosvenor 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 27 October 2015 at 23:42.

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