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Early Origins of the Grubbs family

The surname Grubbs 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 Grubbs family

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

Grubbs Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Grubbs family (pre 1700)

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Grubbs Ranking

In the United States, the name Grubbs is the 1,562nd most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Grubbs family to Ireland

Some of the Grubbs 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.

Migration of the Grubbs family

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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Grubbs (post 1700) +

  • Robert Howard Grubbs ForMemRS (1942-2021), American chemist and the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on olefin metathesis
  • 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
  • Daniel Webster Grubbs (1835-1917), American lawyer, businessman and politician, 13th Mayor of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 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
  • David Grubbs (b. 1967), American guitarist, pianist, and vocalist
  • Harvey Harrison Grubbs, former American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Sir Howard Grubbs (1844-1931), Irish optical designer

  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook