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Groller Coat of Arms / Groller Family Crest

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The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This German surname of GROLLER is of two-fold origin. It was a locational name meaning 'one who came from GROLL (the grassy swampy area) in Germany, or it was a nickname applied to a bad tempered, irate or angry man. The name is also spelt GROLLE, GROLLINGER, GROLIER and GROLLS. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. A notable member of the name was Jean Vicomte d'Aguisy GROLIER (1479-1565) the French bibliophile, born in Lyons. He was attached to the court of Francis I, went to Italy as intendant-general of the army, was long employed in diplomacy at Rome and Milan, and then became treasurer general of France (1547). He built up a magnificent library of 3000 volumes, dispersed in 1675. He acquired choice copies of the best works and had them magnificently bound. About 350 of his books have now come to light.

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