Groves Family Background

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Surname Meaning

A locational or topographical name given to someone who lived in or near a grove of trees.

Of Anglo-Saxon origin, Olde English word 'graua' which is the root of 'grove' describing a cluster of trees.

Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Groves Surname Statistics


Top Professions for the Groves family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 218
Female Servant 166
Independent 103
Labourer 100
Male Servant 56
Farmer 46
Carpenter 44
Shoe Maker 23
Ag Labourer 22
Grocer 20
Butcher 19
Gardener 17
Dress Maker 15
Laundress 14
Pauper 13
Tailor 12
Thatcher 12
Ag Lab 12
Mason 11
Blacksmith 10
Servant 10
Apprentice 9
Waterman 9
Joiner 8
Carrier 8

Groves Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Greaves 71% 61,638
2 Groves 100% 55,517
3 Graves 83% 34,701
4 Grieves 71% 4,346
5 Greeves 71% 3,658
6 Greves 83% 2,031
7 Gervis 50% 1,055
8 Garvis 50% 704
9 Grooves 86% 535
10 Grives 83% 450
11 Greives 71% 269
12 Gravis 67% 191
13 Gervase 43% 163
14 Garves 67% 154

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The surname Groves is the 2nd most popular varient of Greaves.

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