Show ContentsRedgrove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Redgrove is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at Redgrave, a village in the county of Suffolk. Redgrove is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the place-name was originally derived from the Old English terms red meaning reed and graf meaning ditch or grove. Therefore the original bearer of the surname Redgrove lived in an area that was near a reedy grove or ditch.

Early Origins of the Redgrove family

The surname Redgrove was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Redgrave, originally "Regrava," before the Norman Conquest by Duke William in 1066 A.D. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 A.D. the land was held by the Abbott of St. Edmunds who may have been a member or a scion of the family. At this time Redgrave was a large village with its own church, and the Domesday classification was, twelve beasts, thirty pigs, and thirty goats.

Early History of the Redgrove family

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Redgrove 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 Redgrove family name include Redgrove, Redgrave, Reedgrave, Reedgrove and others.

Early Notables of the Redgrove family

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Australia Redgrove migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Redgrove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Redgrove, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for life , transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Mr. William Redgrove, English convict who was convicted in Northamptonshire, England for 7 years transported aboard the "Forfarshire" on 24th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

  1. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 4th March 2021 from
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2022). on Facebook