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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
A manager of a farm, or overseer of any work; a reeve; a manorial bailiff.

Etymology: AS. gerēfa. Cf. Reeve an officer

verb Grieve
  1. To occasion grief to; to wound the sensibilities of; to make sorrowful; to cause to suffer; to afflict; to hurt; to try." Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God." [Eph. iv. 30.]"The maidens grieved themselves at my concern." [Cowper,]
  2. To sorrow over; as, to grieve one's fate.(R)

Etymology: OE. greven, OF. grever, fr. L. gravare to burden, oppress, fr. gravis heavy. See Grief.

verb Grieve
To feel grief; to be in pain of mind on account of an evil; to sorrow; to mourn; -- often followed by at for, or over.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Feel grief
  2. Cause to feel sorrow ("his behavior grieves his mother")

From the conjugated forms of Old French grever (“to burden”), from Latin gravō, from adjective gravis (“grave”).

From Old English grœfa.

  1. (obsolete) A governor of a town or province.
  2. (chiefly Scotland) A manager or steward, e.g. of a farm.

    grieve was also found in the following language(s): Old French

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Grieve

    Dominic Grieve is a Chair of the Intelligence, Security Committee, for Beaconsfield, Chair of theIntelligence, Attorney General for England, Wales, Advocate General for Northern Ireland, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Home Secretary, Shadow Attorney General, M. Dominic was born on May 24th, 1956 in London, England.


    Hugh MacDiarmid was a writer. Hugh was given the name Christopher Murray Grieve on August 11th, 1892 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He died on September 9th, 1978.


    Tom Grieve is a baseball player. Tom was born on March 4th, 1948 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.


    Ben Grieve is a baseball player. Ben was born on May 4th, 1976 in Arlington, Texas.


    Richard Grieve is an actor. He has been prominent since 1988. Richard was born on January 25th, 1970.


    John was born on June 14th, 1924 in Glasgow. He passed away on January 21st, 2003.


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    Ethnicity Grieve U.S.
      White 94.85% 64.26%
      African American 0.38% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.24% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.99% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.97% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Grieve

    • How Popular is the name Grieve? As a last name Grieve was the 14,178th most popular name in 2010.
    • How unique is the name Grieve? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Grieve was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
    • Weird things about the name Grieve: Your name in reverse order is Eveirg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Irvgee. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Grieve? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,118 people with the last name Grieve.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Grieve? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Grieve as their last name since less than 1 person in 139k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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