Grinham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Grinham comes from the family having resided in the chapelry of Greeham in the parish of Thatcham in the county of Berkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English Greenham, which refers to either a green river-bed or a green homestead. Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the Grinham family

The surname Grinham was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Grinham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grinham research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1540 and 1594 are included under the topic Early Grinham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grinham Spelling Variations

Grinham has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.

Early Notables of the Grinham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Grinham family to Ireland

Some of the Grinham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grinham migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Grinhams to arrive on North American shores:

Grinham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Karl Grinham, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1896
Grinham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Louis James Grinham, aged 18, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Charlotte M. Grinham, aged 26, who landed in America from Watford, England, in 1907
  • George Grinham, aged 59, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Harry Grinham, aged 31, who landed in America from Crowbourough, England, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Grinham (post 1700)

  • James Grinham (1798-1822), English amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1822 to 1835
  • Judy Grinham MBE (b. 1939), British gold medalist Olympic swimmer
  • Rachael Margaret Grinham (b. 1977), Australian professional squash player from Queensland

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