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The ancestry of the name Groves dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in or near a grove of trees. The surname is derived from the Old English word graua, the root of the modern word "grove," which described a small cluster of trees.

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The surname Groves was first found in Essex 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.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Groves have been found, including Grove, Groves, Le Grove and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Groves research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1609, 1692, 1654, 1659, 1660, 1634, 1696, 1691, 1696 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Groves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Groves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Groves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Groves, or a variant listed above:

Groves Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Groves, aged 35, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • John Groves settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Jo Groves, who landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • Richard Groves, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • William Groves, who landed in Virginia in 1654
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Groves Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Groves, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Geo Groves, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Groves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H L Groves, aged 54, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • David Groves, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Samuel Groves, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845
  • J Groves, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Groves, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1854

Groves Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Groves with his wife and children arrived in Quebec, Canada, in 1825

Groves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Groves, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Richard Groves, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Groves, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Groves arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • Levi Groves arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
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Groves Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Groves, aged 47, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Mary Groves, aged 47, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Charles Groves, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Catherine Groves, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Albert Groves, aged 17, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
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  • Paul Groves (b. 1964), American operatic tenor from Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Richard Groves (b. 1955), American actor, known for his work on Army of Darkness (1992), Point Break (1991) and Money Train (1995)
  • Lieutenant-General Leslie Richard Groves (1898-1970), American Member of the Military Liaison Commission to the Atomic Engery Commission (1947-1948), who managed the Manhattan Project
  • James Albert Groves (1883-1939), English footballer who played from 1903 to 1910
  • Frederick Groves (1892-1980), English footballer in the early 1900s
  • Victor George "Vic" Groves (b. 1932), English former footballer who played from 1952 to 1965
  • Perry Groves (b. 1965), former English footballer who played from 1982 to 1994
  • Paul Groves (b. 1966), English former professional footballer, manager and first team coach of Crawley Town
  • Colin Peter Groves (b. 1942), English-born, Professor of Biological Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia
  • Albert Groves (1886-1960), Welsh footballer and manager
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Groves Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Stedman B Groves (b. 1919), English Musician serving for the Royal Marine Band from Chatham, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Groves (b. 1896), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Groves, English 3rd Class passenger from Gainsborough, Lincoln, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Sydney Frederick Groves, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Master Frederick Groves, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Clara Groves, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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  • Groves and Allied Families: 1982 Supplement Plus Complete New Genealogical Encyclopedia Plus Corrected and Expanded Basic Book of 1977 by James Groves.
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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: Ny dessux ny dessoux
Motto Translation: Neither above nor beneath.

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    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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