Hargrove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hargrove comes from the family having resided 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]

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." [2]

"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." [3]

Early Origins of the Hargrove family

The surname Hargrove 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. [4]

The first record of the family was Geoffrey de Haregrave who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Derbyshire in 1188. [5] 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." [6]

The Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire listed Henry de Hargreve in 1332. [5] This latter source notes that Hargreave Hall was located in Cheshire, but we can find no record of it today.

Early History of the Hargrove family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hargrove research. Another 91 words (6 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Hargrove Spelling Variations

Hargrove has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Hargrove, Hargreave, Hargreaves, Hargrave, Hargroves and many more.

Early Notables of the Hargrove family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hargrove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hargrove Ranking

In the United States, the name Hargrove is the 1,339th most popular surname with an estimated 22,383 people with that name. [7]

United States Hargrove migration to the United States +

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 [8]
  • Paul Hargrove, who landed in Virginia in 1661 [8]
  • Elizabeth Hargrove, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 [8]
Hargrove Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Hargrove, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [8]
  • Nathaniel Hargrove, who settled in Maryland in 1733
  • Hester Hargrove, who 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 immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1900
  • William A. Hargrove, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Maud Hargrove, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1906
  • Viola Hargrove, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Elizabeth Hargrove, aged 27, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hargrove migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hargrove Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Hargrove U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 211 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [9]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Hargrove U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 304 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [9]
  • Mr. William Hargrove U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 285 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [9]

West Indies Hargrove migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [10]
Hargrove Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Hargrove, who settled in Barbados in 1678

Contemporary Notables of the name Hargrove (post 1700) +

  • Frank DuVal Hargrove Sr. (1927-2021), American politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1983-2010), (1982-1983)
  • Roy Anthony Hargrove (1969-2018), American two-time Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter; he died of cardiac arrest on November 2, 2018 at the age of 49
  • Robert Kennon Hargrove (1829-1905), American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • Monica Hargrove (b. 1982), American silver medalist track and field athlete at the 2006 World Indoor Championships
  • Linda Hargrove (1949-2010), American country songwriter and musician
  • John R. Hargrove Sr. (b. 1923), the first African American to be appointed assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland (1984-1997)
  • James "Jim" Hargrove (b. 1953), American politician, Member of the Washington Senate (1993-)
  • Dean Hargrove (b. 1938), American Primetime Emmy Award winning and four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television producer, writer, and director
  • Brian Hargrove (b. 1956), American television writer and producer, co-creator of the television series Titus (2000–2002)
  • Anthony La'Ron Tony Hargrove (b. 1983), American NFL football defensive end
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Hargrove 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.

Suggested Readings for the name Hargrove +

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

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies

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