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Where did the English Grubbs family come from? What is the English Grubbs family crest and coat of arms? When did the Grubbs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Grubbs family history?

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

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1176 when Richard and John Grubb held estates in that shire. Later 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grubbs research. Another 177 words(13 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 Grubbs History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grubbs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Grubbs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Grub, who settled in Virginia in 1664; Thomas Grubb, his wife Ann Salter Grubb, and their three children, who settled in Boston in 1633; Henry Grubb, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678.

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  • Harvey Harrison Grubbs, former American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • David Grubbs (b. 1967), American guitarist, pianist, and vocalist
  • Gary Grubbs (b. 1949), American actor, perhaps best known for his role as George Russell on The Wonderful World of Disney's 1988 miniseries "Davy Crockett: Rainbow in the Thunder"
  • Benjamin Richard "Ben" Grubbs (b. 1984), American football player for the New Orleans Saints
  • Todd Grubbs, American rock-fusion guitarist and composer
  • Daniel Webster Grubbs (1835-1917), American lawyer, businessman and politician, 13th Mayor of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Robert Howard Grubbs (b. 1942), American chemist and Nobel laureate
  • Thomas Dillard "Judge" Grubbs (1894-1986), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played in one game for the New York Giants on October 3, 1920
  • Sir Howard Grubbs (1844-1931), Irish optical designer


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  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Grubbs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grubbs Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 24 June 2015 at 13:36.

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