Grover History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Grover comes from the family having resided 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 Grover family

The surname Grover 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.

Early History of the Grover family

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

Grover Spelling Variations

Grover has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Grover, Grovers and others.

Early Notables of the Grover family (pre 1700)

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United States Grover migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Grovers to arrive on North American shores:

Grover Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Grover, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • Samuel Grover, aged 16, who landed in America in 1635 [1]
  • Samuel Grover, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Edmund Grover, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]
  • Thomas Grover, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Grover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Grover, who arrived in Barbados in 1700
  • James Grover, who landed in New England in 1708 [1]
  • Anthony Grover, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Jonathon Grover, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774
Grover Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Randvei Grover, aged 2, who arrived in Illinois in 1837 [1]
  • W S Grover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • H Grover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • L F Grover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Mr. Grover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Grover migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Grover Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Grover, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Grover, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851 [3]
  • Thomas Grover, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851 [4]
  • Mary Grover, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

New Zealand Grover 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:

Grover Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Grover, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • H. Grover, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1873
  • Albert Grover, aged 21, a mechanic, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Alfred Grover, aged 32, a shoemaker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Mary Grover, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Grover (post 1700) +

  • James Russell Grover Jr. (1919-2012), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1963-1975)
  • Jim Grover, pseudonym of J. Kelly McCann, a former US Marine officer and the founder and owner of Crucible Security Specialists located in Fredricksburg, Virginia
  • Herbert J. Grover (b. 1937), American, Democratic educator and politician from Wisconsin
  • Henry Cushing "Hank" Grover (1927-2005), American politician, Member of the Texas Senate from the 15th district (1967-1973)
  • La Fayette Grover (1823-1911), American politician, 4th Governor of Oregon (1870-1877), United States Senator from Oregon (1877-1883)
  • Cuvier Grover (1828-1885), American career officer in the United States Army and a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, brother of La Fayette Grover
  • Asa Porter Grover (1818-1887), American politician, United States Representative from Kentucky (1867-1869)
  • William Grover (b. 1903), American car racer
  • Henry Montague Grover (1791-1866), English miscellaneous writer, born at Watford, Hertfordshire, the eldest son of Harry Grover, solicitor, of Hemel Hempstead [5]
  • Geoffrey David "Geoff" Grover (1943-2017), Australian rules footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Grover +

  • 1978 Stone, Grover, Ball and Everett Ancestry: Being the Ancestral Lines of John Wesley Stone, Delia Maria Theresa Grover Stone, Dan Harvey Ball and Emma Eugenia Everett Ball, All of Marquette, Michigan by Frank Bush Stone.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANDAHAR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Candahar.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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