Grainger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Grainger surname comes from the Anglo-Norman French word "grainger," from the Late Latin "granicarius." It was an occupational name for a farm bailiff, responsible for overseeing the collection of farm rents. In Scotland, the monks who farmed the old abbeys frequently called their farm operations "The Grange." They housed cattle and stored grain at the grange, and around the farmstead was generally a cluster numerous cottages for the laborers and their families. The monk or lay brother in charge was known as "the granger."

Early Origins of the Grainger family

The surname Grainger was first found in Norfolk, where the first on record was William le grangier, in circa 1100. Other early instances of the name include Reginald le Granger listed in the Feet of Fines Suffolk in 1219; and Walter le Graunger in the Assize Rolls of Bedfordshire of 1247.

Important Dates for the Grainger family

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Grainger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grainger, Granger and others.

Early Notables of the Grainger family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Grainger family to Ireland

Some of the Grainger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Grainger migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grainger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Grainger, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Hen Grainger, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • William Grainger, who arrived in Maryland in 1651 [1]
  • Edward Grainger, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [1]
  • Mary Grainger, who settled in Jamaica in 1685
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Grainger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Grainger, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • John Grainger, who arrived in New York in 1796 [1]

Grainger migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grainger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Grainger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Grainger migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Grainger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Grainger, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fama" in 1841 [2]
  • Ann Grainger, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • John Grainger, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849 [4]
  • Patrick Grainger, aged 34, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

Grainger migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Grainger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Grainger, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
  • Hannah Grainger, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
  • Mary A. Grainger, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
  • C. D. Grainger, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • Mr. Matthew B. Grainger, (b. 1838), aged 25, British farrier travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Grainger (post 1700)

  • Chris Grainger (b. 1971), American music producer and songwriter
  • Rufus Grainger, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1829 [6]
  • Jesse W. Grainger, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Lenoir County, 1885-86; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1896 [6]
  • F. Reed Grainger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1944 [6]
  • Charles F. Grainger (1854-1923), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 1901-05; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1904 [6]
  • Martin Grainger (b. 1972), English football player
  • Natalie Grainger (b. 1977), English professional squash player
  • Gail Grainger (b. 1954), English actress
  • Daniel Grainger (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Colin Grainger (b. 1933), English footballer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Grainger family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Robert Grainger, English Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [7]

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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAMA 1841. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841Fama.gif
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DERWENT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Derwent.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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