Show ContentsGradwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Gradwell family

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

Early History of the Gradwell family

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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.

Early Notables of the Gradwell family

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Ireland Migration of the Gradwell family to Ireland

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United States Gradwell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gradwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Gradwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 2
  • Isabella Gradwell, who landed in Maryland in 1669 2
  • Jacob Gradwell, who was on record in South Carolina in 1699
Gradwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Gradwell, who settled in 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

Contemporary Notables of the name Gradwell (post 1700) +

  • John Gradwell, American author
  • Robert Gradwell (1777-1833), English Catholic prelate, third son of John Gradwell of Clifton in the Fylde, near Preston, Lancashire 3
  • 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

The Gradwell 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.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 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)
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook