Grass History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Grass is generally thought to derive from the Old French word "grace," which means "charm" or "pleasantness." In some instances, it may have evolved from the Old French word "gros," which means "great," or "large." In either instance, the name was a nickname which evolved into a surname.

Early Origins of the Grass family

The surname Grass was first found in Buckinghamshire where they were descended from a Norman knight from Le Gras in Normandy, who arrived in England with the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. Early records show William le Gras in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1199, and in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire of 1219. Roger le Gas was on record in the Curia Regis Rolls for Staffordshire of 1200. William atte Grase was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset of 1327.

Important Dates for the Grass family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grass research. Another 34 words (2 lines of text) covering the year 1690 is included under the topic Early Grass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grass Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grace, Grase, Gras, Grass, Grasse and others.

Early Notables of the Grass family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Grass family to Ireland

Some of the Grass family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grass migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Leonard Grass, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 [1]
  • Peter Grass, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Jacob Grass, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • George Grass, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • Joseph Grass, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Grass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gotleb Grass, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]
  • Christian Grass, aged 30, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Adam Grass, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [1]
  • Christoph Georg Grass, who arrived in America in 1850 [1]
  • John Grass, aged 46, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grass migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grass Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Danil Grass, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Regina Grass, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Sophia Grass, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. Jacob Grass U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Capt. Michael Grass U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Grass (post 1700)

  • John Grass (1836-1918), also known as Mato Watakpe or Charging Bear, American Aboriginal chief of the Sihasapa (Blackfeet) band of Lakota people during the 1870s through 1890s; he fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana
  • Frank J. Grass (b. 1951), United States Army general who serves as 27th Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  • Alexander "Alex" Grass (1927-2009), American businessman and lawyer who founded Rite Aid, one of America's largest drugstore chains
  • William Grass, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1952 [3]
  • Sadie Grass, American politician, Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1960; Tax Cut Candidate for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 12th District, 1961 [3]
  • Morton Grass, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948 [3]
  • James E. Grass, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Franconia, 1948 [3]
  • H. C. Grass, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1904 [3]
  • Daniel Grass (1774-1836), American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1816; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1819-21; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1821-27 [3]
  • Arthur Conrad Grass (1897-1994), English-born, Brazilian cricketer who played for the South Americas Team in 1932
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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