All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Gruman originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Grugain," which is derived from either "gruag," which means "hair," and "grug," which means "fierceness."
Early Origins of the Gruman family
The surname Gruman was first found in County Roscommon
(Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Gruman family
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Gruman Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations
during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Gruman include Grogan, O'Grogan, Grogen, Groogen, Grugen, Groggan, O'Groogan and many more.
Early Notables of the Gruman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gruman family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 18th century, Irish families
began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Gruman:
Gruman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G. Gruman, aged 6, who landed in America from Halifax, in 1897
- H. Gruman, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Halifax, in 1897
Gruman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- A. Gruman, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Gruman (post 1700)
- Jessie Gruman (1953-2014), American activist in the health care industry and advocate to help consumers adopt healthier behaviors
The Gruman Motto
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: Honor et virtus
Motto Translation: Honour and virtue.