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Where did the English Hargrove family come from? What is the English Hargrove family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hargrove family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hargrove family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Hargrove comes from the family having resided in Hargrave, a place-name found in the counties of Cheshire, Northants, 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."


Hargrove has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hargrove, Hargreave, Hargreaves, Hargrave, Hargroves and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hargrove 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 Hargrove History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hargrove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hargroves to arrive on North American shores:

Hargrove Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Hargrove, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Paul Hargrove, who landed in Virginia in 1661
  • Elizabeth Hargrove, who arrived in Maryland in 1672
  • William Hargrove settled in Barbados in 1678

Hargrove Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Hargrove, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Nathaniel Hargrove settled in Maryland in 1733
  • Hester Hargrove settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1736

Hargrove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sidney H. Hargrove, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1893

Hargrove Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • H. L. Hargrove, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1900
  • William A. Hargrove, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Maud Hargrove, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1906
  • Viola Hargrove, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Elizabeth Hargrove, aged 27, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909


  • Roy Anthony Hargrove (b. 1969), American two-time Grammy award winning jazz trumpeter
  • Marion Hargrove (1919-2003), American writer, best known for her World War II bestselling book See Here, Private Hargrove
  • Anthony La'Ron Tony Hargrove (b. 1983), American NFL football defensive end
  • Brian Hargrove (b. 1956), American television writer and producer, co-creator of the television series Titus (2000–2002)
  • Dean Hargrove (b. 1938), American Primetime Emmy Award winning and four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television producer, writer, and director
  • Frank DuVal Hargrove Sr. (b. 1927), American politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1982-2010)
  • James "Jim" Hargrove (b. 1953), American politician, Member of the Washington Senate (1993-)
  • John R. Hargrove Sr. (b. 1923), the first African American to be appointed assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland (1984-1997)
  • Linda Hargrove (1949-2010), American country songwriter and musician
  • Monica Hargrove (b. 1982), American silver medalist track and field athlete at the 2006 World Indoor Championships



  • Directory of Members and Their Ancestors with Allied Lines Indexed by Hargrove Family Association.

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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The Hargrove Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hargrove 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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