Colegrove (surname)

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Colegrove is a surname, or family name, that developed in England between the 12th and 15th centuries. The name may have originated from a grove along the River Cole, Wiltshire, a tributary of the River Thames in England. Another explanation as to the origin of the name is from the Middle English cole ‘coal’ + grave ‘pit’, ‘grave’ (Old English col + græf). Other forms of spelling in the past include ‘Colgrove’, ‘Colegrave’, ‘Colgrave’, ‘Coulgrove’. The first records of the Colegrove name were in 15th century England.

The family name is found throughout the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland and other nations.

List of persons with the surname[edit]

  • Francis Colegrove (c. 1667 – c. 1759), colonial immigrant first known Colegrove in the United States
  • Michael Bruce Colegrove, fifth President of Hargrave Military Academy
  • Stephen Colegrove (c. 1694 – 1787), first Town Councilman of Foster, Rhode Island

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