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The Hargreaves name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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 or græfe, which meant "grove." The place-name as a whole meant "grove filled with rabbits" or "grove on a border." [1]

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hargreaves has undergone many spelling variations, including Hargrove, Hargreave, Hargreaves, Hargrave, Hargroves and many more.

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. [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hargreaves research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1332, 1486, 1499, 1541, 1529, 1690, 1741 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Hargreaves History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hargreaves were among those contributors:

Hargreaves Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Hargreaves settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765

Hargreaves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Hargreaves, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • Samuel Hargreaves, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Hargreaves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Hargreaves, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Samuel Hargreaves arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840
  • William Hargreaves, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Hargreaves Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Eliza Hargreaves, aged 17, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Winter Hargreaves, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Joseph Hargreaves landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Edward Allen Hargreaves, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1844
  • James Hargreaves arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860


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  • Brigadier-General John Morris Hargreaves (1901-1959), American Air Surgeon, Air Defense Command (1951-1952)
  • Joseph Kenneth "Ken" Hargreaves MBE, KSG (1939-2012), English Conservative Member of Parliament for the Hyndburn constituency, Lancashire (1983 and 1992)
  • William H Hargreaves, English medical researcher and educator
  • Bryn Hargreaves (b. 1985), English rugby league player
  • Owen Hargreaves (b. 1981), English professional footballer
  • James Hargreaves (1834-1915), English chemist and inventor
  • James Hargreaves (1720-1778), English weaver and inventor
  • Paul Hargreaves (d. 2014), New Zealand technology executive, co-founder of Datacom Group
  • John Leo Hargreaves (b. 1949), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly (since 1998), and Minister (2004 to 2009)
  • Andrew Raikes Hargreaves (b. 1955), British politician

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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.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Hargreaves Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hargreaves Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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