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Grafton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in one of many regions called Grafton The surname Grafton is a habitational surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The name was derived from the Old English word graf meaning "gorve" and tun meaning "enclosure."

Grafton Early Origins



The surname Grafton was first found in Worcestershire 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.

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Grafton Spelling Variations


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Grafton Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Grafton family name include Grafton, Graphton, Graffton and others.

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Grafton Early History


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Grafton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grafton research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1675, 1480, 1511 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Grafton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grafton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grafton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grafton Notables 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Grafton surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Grafton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Grafton who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • James Grafton, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Grafton settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Joseph Grafton settled in New England in 1680

Grafton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Grafton settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766
  • John Grafton settled in Carolina in 1774
  • Daniel Grafton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799
  • Daniel, Grafton Jr., who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Grafton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Grafton, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • John Grafton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1844

Grafton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Grafton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grafton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grafton (post 1700)



  • Joseph Grafton (1757-1836), American founder of the Newton Theological Institution
  • Cornelius Warren "Chip" Grafton (1909-1982), American crime novelist
  • Sue Taylor Grafton (b. 1940), contemporary American author of detective novels
  • Anthony Grafton (b. 1950), American historian, fellow of the British Academy and a recipient of the Balzan Prize in 2002
  • James Douglas "Jimmy" Grafton (1916-1986), English producer, writer and theatrical agent
  • Frederick William Grafton (1816-1890), British industrialist and Liberal politician

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Grafton Historic Events


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Grafton Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Susanna Grafton (1836-1914), née Woodbridge Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. R. H.  Grafton, Canadian Sailor aboard the SS Picton from Barry, Ontario, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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