Show ContentsLegroves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Legroves family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in or near a grove of trees. The surname is derived from the Old English word graua, the root of the modern word "grove," which described a small cluster of trees. 1

Early Origins of the Legroves family

The surname Legroves was first found in Somerset where the following were all listed 1, Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign): Hawysa atte Grove; Stephen atte Grove; and Thomas atte Grove. 2

John de la Grove was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275; Robert ate Groue in the Assize Rolls for Kent in 1317; and William Grove was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Derbyshire in 1327. 3

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus del Grove. 1

Early History of the Legroves family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Legroves research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1119, 1587, 1609, 1634, 1635, 1654, 1659, 1660, 1684, 1691, 1692, 1696, 1738 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Legroves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Legroves Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Legroves include Grove, Groves, Le Grove and others.

Early Notables of the Legroves family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Grove (ca. 1609-1692), from Ferne House in Wiltshire, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Wiltshire in 1654, Marlborough in 1659 and Shaftesbury in 1660; and Robert Grove (1634-1696), from London, Bishop of Chichester (1691-1696.) Henry Grove (1684-1738), was a dissenting tutor, "born at Taunton, Somersetshire, on 4 Jan. 1684. His grandfather was the ejected vicar of Pinhoe, Devonshire, whose son, a Taunton upholsterer, married a sister of John Rowe, ejected from a lectureship at Westminster Abbey; Henry...
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Ireland Migration of the Legroves family to Ireland

Some of the Legroves family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Legroves family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Legroves or a variant listed above: Daniel Grove who settled in Barbados in 1690; Richard Grove in Virginia in 1623; William Grove in St. Christopher in 1635; John Groves settled in Bermuda in 1635.

The Legroves 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: Ny dessux ny dessoux
Motto Translation: Neither above nor beneath.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook