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This name derives from the Olde French "grue" meaning a crane, and was originally given as a nickname to one thought to resemble the bird in some way, perhaps a tall slender person. The surname is first recorded in the early half of the 13th Century, (see below). One, Gerard la Grue appears in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, dated 1246. The following list of provisions drawn up during Henry III's Christmas visit to York in 1250 runs: "7000 Fowis, 1750 Partridges, 125 Swans, 115 Grues etc...". In 1379 Johannes Grewe was recorded in the Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire.

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