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The name is derived from the Old French "greslet," which meant "pitted" or "pock-marked."

Gradwell Early Origins



The surname Gradwell was first found in the area that has since become the country of Lancashire. In 1069 King William gave his kinsman, Roger de Pictou, the land between the rivers Mersey and Ribble, who in turn shared land with his kinsman Albert de Greslet. Records during the reign of King John (1199-1216) show that some of this land belonged to Albert de Greslet. The latter was also known as Albert Grelley; he became the first Baron of Manchester, and the Grelley family held the manor for the next 200 years. A Robert Greslet is on record in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire of 1130; Peter de Gresley was patron of the rectory of Manchester in 1276. Some of the family were later found at Worthington in Lancashire. "This place, anciently called Worthinton, was allotted, soon after the Domesday Survey, to Albert Greslet. A family of the local name were resident at the Hall in 1588." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Gradwell Spelling Variations


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Gradwell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gradwell, Gredwell, Gradwel, Greile, Greslet, Grelle, Gressy, Greslé, Grille, Grylle, Grelly, Grelley, Greslai, Gredle, Gredley, Gradley, Gredlai, Greidley, Gresley, Greddle Gradell and many more.

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Gradwell Early History


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Gradwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gradwell research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1347, 1777 and 1833 are included under the topic Early Gradwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gradwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gradwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gradwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gradwell In Ireland


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Gradwell In Ireland



Some of the Gradwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gradwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Gradwell, who came to Maryland in 1667
  • Elizabeth Gradwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1667
  • Isabella Gradwell, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • Jacob Gradwell, who was on record in South Carolina in 1699

Gradwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Gradwell, who came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1765

Gradwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Gradwell, who arrived in New York in 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gradwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gradwell (post 1700)



  • John Gradwell, American author
  • Christopher "Chris" Gradwell, English saxophone and clarinet player for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Leo Joseph Anthony Gradwell (d. 1969), British barrister and magistrate who as a volunteer Second World War Royal Navy officer led his ship and three others to the Arctic circle only to be found stuck fast; he had all the ships painted white in camouflage until the ice melted and was rescued; he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts
  • Charmian Gradwell, British actress, best known for her role in the television game show The Adventure Game

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despair.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Gradwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gradwell 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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