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Despite claims to the contrary there is evidence that the surname claims descent from the Grants or Grands of Grand Court in St. Michel du Treport, and were the Counts of Eu. Recognizing that the Norman history does not necessarily conflict and remembering that the Normans were overrun by the Vikings in the 9th century the name Grant is still correctly interpreted as the Norman "Grand" meaning "Big" or Eminent."

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The surname Grant was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they held a family seat at Strathspey from very early times. The earliest records of the name were found in the county of Inverness (in the modern Highland and Western Isles regions). The earliest record of the Grant family in connection with Scotland is that of Thomas Grant, a merchant of the king of Scotland who was deposed from his position as visor of York Castle on January 2, 1252. The first members of the Grant family actually recorded in Scotland were Lawrence and Robert Grant who were witnesses at Inverness in 1258. Sir Laurence Grant was sheriff of Inverness in 1266. John le Graunt was taken prisoner at Dunbar in 1297 and was held at Gloucester Castle. Maurice Grant was sheriff of Inverness in 1330. Richard le Grant (also known as Richard Grant) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1229 to 1231.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grant, Grantt, Graunt, Grannd (Gaelic) and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grant research. Another 499 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1263, 1333, 1620, 1674, 1695 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Grant History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Grant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 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:

Grant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Grant settled in New England in 1651
  • Peter Grant who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1651
  • Charles Grant, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Antho Grant, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • John Grant settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1652 with his servants


Grant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Grant, who landed in Maryland in 1716
  • Danl Grant, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Andrew Grant, who arrived in Georgia in 1733
  • Archibald Grant settled in Georgia in 1734
  • Augus Grant, who arrived in Maryland in 1747


Grant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ann Grant, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Bernard Grant, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Anne Grant, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Barbara Grant, who arrived in America in 1850
  • Catherine Grant, who arrived in New York in 1854


Grant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Alex Grant, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Christopher Grant, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Major. Alexander Grant U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the New York Volunteers
  • Mr. Alexander Grant U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Alexander Grant U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784


Grant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Wm Grant, aged 4, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Angus Grant, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Cath Grant, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Christian Grant, aged 6, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Owen Grant, aged 25, a cobbler, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast


Grant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Grant, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Grant arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • James Grant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
  • Mary Ann Grant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • Jesse Grant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839


Grant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Grant landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Grant landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • W Grant landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Grant, aged 30, a mason, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • William Grant, aged 20, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840


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  • President Ulysses S Grant (1822-1885), General-in-chief of the Union Army during the American Civil War and 18th president of the United States of America
  • Sarah Dickinson Grant (1943-2016), American jurist, Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
  • Toni Grant (1942-2016), born Toni Glickman, an American psychologist and talk radio host, one of the first licensed psychologists to have her own radio talk show
  • Robert P. "Bob" Grant (1948-2015), American politician, Member of the Kansas House of Representatives (1997-2013) and (1991-1994)
  • Major General David Norvell Walker Grant CBE, FREng, FIEE (1891-1964), American Army Air Forces surgeon considered by most authorities as the "father" of the present-day U.S. Air Force Medical Service
  • Major-General Walter Schuyler Grant (1878-1956), American Member of Secretary of War's Personnel Board, War Department (1942-1946)
  • Major-General Ulysses Simpson III Grant (1881-1968), American Chairman of National Capitol Park & Planning Commission (1942-1949)
  • Cary Grant (1904-1986), stage name of Archibald Alexander Leach, English-born, American two-time Academy Award and five-time Golden Globe nominated film and stage actor, named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute
  • Moses V. Grant (1789-1846), American politician, Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, 1836-38; Resigned 1838
  • Nanci J. Grant, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 2001

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  • Peter Grant, Scotch Exile, Kittery and Berwick, Maine: Genealogy by Leola Grant Bushman.
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Septs of the Distinguished Name Grant
Crant, Grand, Grannd, Grant, Grantt, Graunt, Prat, Pratt, Pratte, Pratts, Sootie, Soottie, Soutie, Souttie, Sowtie, Sowttie, Suddie, Suddy, Suitie, Suittie, Sutie, Suttie and more.

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