The origins of the Hergrave name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It 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)
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 Hergrave family
The surname Hergrave 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 Hergrave family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hergrave research.Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1332, 1486, 1499, 1541, 1529, 1690, 1741 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Hergrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hergrave Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hergrave were recorded, including Hargrove, Hargreave, Hargreaves, Hargrave, Hargroves and many more.
Early Notables of the Hergrave family (pre 1700)
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hergrave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hergrave family to Ireland
Some of the Hergrave family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hergrave family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hergrave family emigrate to North America: 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 Hergrave 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.