name Gruver comes from the baptismal name Reeve
where as a surname it refers to son of Reeve
. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
, which meant son
, were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius
, which meant son
. By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time. The surname Gruver also referred to manager
as an occupational
Early Origins of the Gruver family
The surname Gruver was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Gruver family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gruver research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1379, 1784, 1600, 1612, 1676, 1602, 1652, 1st , 1608, 1680, 1605 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Gruver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gruver Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Gruver has appeared include Grieves, Grieve, Greve, Greves, Greeves, Greaves, Greave, Griveson, Greaveson, Greavson and many more.
Early Notables of the Gruver family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Greaves (1612-1676), an English orientalist, a contributor to the London Polyglot; John Greaves (1602-1652), an English mathematician, astronomer and antiquary; Sir Edward Greaves, 1st Baronet
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Migration of the Gruver family to Ireland
Some of the Gruver family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gruver family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Gruver arrived in North America very early:
Gruver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Albert Gruver, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1892
- Aaron Gruver, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1899
Gruver Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Gruver, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1904
- Mary Gruver, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1905
- Samuel Gruver, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
- Asher Gruver, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1905
- Edris L. Gruver, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gruver (post 1700)
- Nancy Gruver (1931-1990), American bridge player, winner of more than a dozen American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) National Championships
- Bernard Gruver (1923-1985), American animator, one of the original animators of the Peanuts cartoon series, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! was dedicated to him
The Gruver 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: Spes mea in Deo
Motto Translation: My hope is in God.