Groube History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Groube family

The surname Groube was first found in Berkshire, where the family was first referenced in the year 1176 when Richard and John Grubb held estates in that shire. [1]

Some of the family branched to Stoke Climsland, Cornwall where the family was recorded in 1329. This branch would later become Quakers and some of the first settlers to America.

One source disagrees with these early registers. "The family of Grubbe, spelt in the old registers as Grube or Groube, migrated from Germany about the year 1430, after the Hussite persecutions, and subsequently settled in the parish of Potterne, Wiltshire where they have ever since remained." [2]

We suggest that this may be one branch of the family as there are many records of the family before 1430, including the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 which listed: John Grubbe in Norfolk; and Alan Grubbe in Cambridgeshire.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 (over fifty years before 1430) lists Johannes Grubb and Johannes Grubb as holding lands there at this time. [3]

Early History of the Groube family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groube research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1273, 1455, 1487, 1652, 1708, 1655, 1715, 1685, 1689, 1690, 1172 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Groube History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Groube Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grubb, Grub, Grubbe, Groube, Groub and others.

Early Notables of the Groube family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groube Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Groube family to Ireland

Some of the Groube family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Groube 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:

Groube Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rev. Horatio Groube, (b. 1811), aged 30, British minister travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [4]
  • Miss Annie Groube, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Groube (post 1700) +

  • Commander Thomas Groube, British Naval officer in the late 18th century, active from 1793 through 1846
  • Thomas Underwood Groube (1857-1927), New Zealand-born, Australian cricketer who played in one Test in 1880


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Burke, John and Burke, Sir Bernard, C.B. LL.D Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage . London: Harrison, 59, Pall Mall, 1865, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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