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)

More information is included under the topic Early Grover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grover Ranking

In the United States, the name Grover is the 1,910th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1]


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 [2]
  • Samuel Grover, aged 16, who landed in America in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. Samuel Grover, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler from Buckingham traveling aboard the ship "Truelove" arriving in Massachusetts Bay in 1635 heading to Charlestown [3]
  • Samuel Grover, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Edmund Grover, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Grover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Grover, who landed in New England in 1708 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • W S Grover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • L F Grover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Mr. Grover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • H Grover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (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
  • Mr. Samuel Grover, British Convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Richard Grover, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • John Grover, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Grover, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Grover, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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.)

West Indies Grover migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Grover Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Grover, who arrived in Barbados in 1700

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 [9]
  • 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 +

  • 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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 6th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-cornwallis
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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