This genealogy is based in the information my father collected. The amusing thing is that now there is a lot of the information that can be cotten from yhe internet, and various municipalities archives are accessible from the internet.

It appears that lay researchers have spread the family name Schravesande over the entire world. The name has undergone alterations over the years, but the orginal name andoubtedly was s’Gravesande. The “’s” stands for “of the” , while “Grave” orginates from “Count of Grave”, and “Sande” usually references “sand”. That means that the entire name references “Of The Grave Sand” or “The Sand of the Count”.

About 1100 A.D. at Z.o. van de Hey (Terheide) there was an elongated sand spit that was named “Het Zand” (The Sand). The nortern part of that erea increased in height under a sea dunes protection program.

An old monastery and a castle were found on yhis sand plate. Administrators, to protect and administer the aerea, appointed a Count who wanted to name it for himself,   “Graaf van het Zand” (Count of the Sand). If “HARENA COMITIS” (Zandgrond van de Graaf – sand ground of the Count) came tot his cultivated land 1n 1200 A.D., it probably was already dyked.

Another theory of the name follows, altough there was no professional genealogist supporters this one. About 1550 there was a riligious belief-persecutuion order given in o.a., now called the Netherlands. Some people fled to England. They returned later, but changed their name for safety consideration. They often renamed themselves for the place where they had lived in England. There was one s’Gravezande who returned from England and wanted to name himself “Noorwits”, (to the place Norwitch). Later latin was considered poor fashion by the upper class (“upperten”) so he renamed himself “Noorwittius”. His brother, however, had remained in the area and named himself       “ s’Gravezande”. Two brothers with two different names.


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