Hargreves is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once 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
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)
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from a Saxon occupation, as "the provider or commissary of an army, from Here or Har, an army, and grave, a steward or disposer." CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
"Hargreaves is an old Lancashire name. It is also common in the West Riding, particularly in the Leeds district. There are two Cheshire hamlets called Hargrave." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early Origins of the Hargreves family
The surname Hargreves 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)
The first record of the family was Geoffrey de Haregrave who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Derbyshire in 1188. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) A few years later, in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, John de Haregrave was listed as holding lands in Buckinghamshire at that time.
Later again, in East Cheshire in 1296, two records were found: William de Haregreve; and Richard de Haregreve. "The Hargreaves of Lancashire probably spring from Hargrave, Cheshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire listed Henry de Hargreve in 1332. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) This latter source notes that Hargreave Hall was located in Cheshire, but we can find no record of it today.
Early History of the Hargreves family
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Hargreves Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hargreves family name include Hargrove, Hargreave, Hargreaves, Hargrave, Hargroves and many more.
Early Notables of the Hargreves family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hargreves family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hargreves surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Alice Hargrave purchased land in Virginia in 1646; and William Hargrove settled in Barbados in 1678; Nathaniel Hargrove settled in Maryland in 1733; Hester Hargrove settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1736.
The Hargreves 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.