Grubb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Grubb family

The surname Grubb 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 Grubb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grubb 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 Grubb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grubb Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Grubb family (pre 1700)

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

Grubb Ranking

In the United States, the name Grubb is the 2,166th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Grubb family to Ireland

Some of the Grubb 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.


United States Grubb migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grubb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Grubb, who settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Thomas Grubb, his wife Ann Salter Grubb, and their three children, who settled in Boston in 1633
  • Jo Grubb, aged 30, who arrived in New England in 1634 [5]
  • Thomas Grubb, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 [5]
  • John Grubb, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Grubb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Arrabella Grubb, who settled in Maryland in 1734
  • Conrad Grubb, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1743 [5]
  • Jacob Grubb, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [5]
  • Peter Grubb, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [5]
  • William Grubb, a bonded passenger who settled in America in 1756
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Grubb migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grubb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Catha Grubb, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah Grubb, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Hanah Grubb, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Grubb migration to Australia +

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

Grubb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Grubb, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Charles Grubb, (b. 1772), aged 52, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 14 years for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. Nathaniel Grubb, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Mr. John Cassie Grubb, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Island) [9]
  • Mr. William Grubb, (b. 1863), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "SS Chimborazo" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 5th July 1885 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Grubb 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:

Grubb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Grubb, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Ann Grubb, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Sarah Grubb, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • K. Grubb, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilawur" in 1875

West Indies Grubb 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. [11]
Grubb Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Grubb, aged 16, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • Mr. William Grubb, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Anne and Elizabeth" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [12]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grubb (post 1700) +

  • John Grubb (1652-1708), English-born, American two-term member of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly, one of the original settlers of what is now known as Clayton, Delaware
  • Peter Grubb (1702-1754), American founder of the Grubb Family Iron Dynasty who discovered Cornwall Iron Mines and established Cornwall Iron Furnace
  • Edward Burd Grubb Jr. (1841-1913), American Union Army officer in the American Civil War, made "brevet Brigadier General of Volunteers"
  • John Maywood Grubb Jr. (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball player
  • Kevin Grubb (1978-2009), American NASCAR driver
  • Davis Grubb (1919-1980), American novelist and short story writer
  • Thomas Grubb (1800-1878), Irish optician, founder of the Grubb Telescope Company, born at Kilkenny [13]
  • George D. W. Grubb, British politician, Lord Provost and ex officio Lord-Lieutenant of Edinburgh from 2007 until 2012
  • Sir Howard Grubb (1844-1931), Irish designer and maker of telescopes, knighted in 1887
  • John Grubb Parke (1827-1900), United States Army engineer and a Union general in the American Civil War


Suggested Readings for the name Grubb +

  • Descendants of John Ambrose Rowe, Weld County Pioneer, 1828-1886: and Related Families of Barry, Grubb, McLeod, Morris,Palmer, Skinner and Southard by Arliss S. Monk.

  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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  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 of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  12. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 23rd September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  13. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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