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Early Origins of the Grumbridge family

The surname Grumbridge was first found in Kent at Groombridge, a village and chapelry, in the parish of Speldhurst, union of Tonbridge, hundred of Somerden. [1] The earliest record of the place was found in 1239 when it was listed as Gromenebregge. [2]

Literally, the place name means "bridge where young men congregate," from the Middle English word "grome" + the Old English word "brycg." [2]

Groombridge Place is a moated manor house in the village of Groombridge which dates back to 1239 when the Lordship of Groomsbridge was granted. Later in 1560, William Grumbridge held estates near Staplehurst in that county. [3]

Early History of the Grumbridge family

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Grumbridge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Groombridge, Gumbridge, Grimbridge, Grumebridge, Croombridge, Crombrig, Grombrig, Crombrig, Crumbridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Grumbridge family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Grumbridge 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:

Grumbridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. J. Grumbridge, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th June 1853 [4]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook