The ancient roots of the Hargreave family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Hargreave comes from when the family lived in Hargrave, a place-name found in the counties of Cheshire
, Northamptonshire, and Suffolk
. There is also a Hargrave Hall in Cheshire
. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements har,
which meant "hare" or "on the border," and graf
which meant "grove." The place-name as a whole meant "grove filled with rabbits" or "grove on a border." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Hargreave family
The surname Hargreave was first found in Cheshire
at Hargrave, which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Haregrave. The Domesday Book
also lists Haragrauna in Suffolk
and Haregrave in Northamptonshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Hargreave family
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Hargreave 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 Hargreave has appeared include Hargrove, Hargreave, Hargreaves, Hargrave, Hargroves and many more.
Early Notables of the Hargreave family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hargreave 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 Hargreave arrived in North America very early:
Hargreave Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Elisha Hargreave, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1852
Hargreave Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David Crispin Hargreave, aged 25, a compositor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Sarah Hargreave, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- John William Hargreave, aged 11 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
The Hargreave 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: Vincit amor patria
Motto Translation: My beloved country will conquer.