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Where did the English Grainger family come from? What is the English Grainger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Grainger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Grainger family history?

The Grainger surname comes from the Anglo-Norman French word "grainger," from the Late Latin "granicarius." It was an occupational name for a farm bailiff, responsible for overseeing the collection of farm rents. In Scotland, the monks who farmed the old abbeys frequently called their farm operations "The Grange." They housed cattle and stored grain at the grange, and around the farmstead was generally a cluster numerous cottages for the laborers and their families. The monk or lay brother in charge was known as "the granger."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Grainger, Granger and others.

First found in Norfolk, where the first on record was William le grangier, in circa 1100. Other early instances of the name include Reginald le Granger listed in the Feet of Fines Suffolk in 1219; and Walter le Graunger in the Assize Rolls of Bedfordshire of 1247.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grainger research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1200, 1296, 1303, and 1723 are included under the topic Early Grainger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Grainger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Grainger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 120 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grainger Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Grainger settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Hen Grainger, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • William Grainger, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Edward Grainger, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Mary Grainger settled in Jamaica in 1685


Grainger Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Grainger settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • John Grainger, who arrived in New York in 1796

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  • Chris Grainger (b. 1971), American music producer and songwriter
  • Colin Grainger (b. 1933), English footballer
  • Daniel Grainger (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Gail Grainger (b. 1954), English actress
  • Martin Grainger (b. 1972), English football player
  • Natalie Grainger (b. 1977), English professional squash player
  • Percy Grainger (1882-1961), Australian born composer and pianist
  • Katherine Grainger (b. 1975), British rower, two time Olympic silver medalist
  • David Liddell- Grainger (1930-2007), Scottish politician
  • Martin Allerdale Grainger (1874-1941), English born Canadian, journalist, author, forester


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  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Grainger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grainger Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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