Grams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Grams is of several possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from the Middle High German word "gram," meaning "angry, annoyed." In this case, the name would have been bestowed on the progenitor as a nickname. Alternatively, the surname may be derived from a place name; there is a town in Bavaria called Grämling, and a town in Schleswig called Gramm.

Early Origins of the Grams family

The surname Grams was first found in Swabia, where the oldest known documents of its written history have been found; however, the origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the Grams family emerged independently in different regions during the Middle Ages. The first recorded bearer of the name was Berhtolt der Grammer, who lived in Rottweil, Swabia in 1282. The branches of the young Grams family were instrumental during this early period, and each contributed greatly to the development of the medieval society of its particular region.

Early History of the Grams family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grams research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1293, 1333, 1530, 1710, 1853, 1938, 1865 and 1942 are included under the topic Early Grams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grams Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gramm, Gram, Gramlin, Gramling, Gremling, Gremlinger, Gramlinger and many more.

Early Notables of the Grams family (pre 1700)

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United States Grams migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grams Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Friederich Grams, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Grams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Grams, who arrived in Maryland in 1842 [1]
  • Pete Grams, aged 36, who landed in Nebraska in 1880 [1]
  • Whilmena Grams, aged 36, who arrived in Nebraska in 1880 [1]
  • Anni Grams, aged 8, who arrived in Nebraska in 1880 [1]
  • Caroline Grams, aged 14, who landed in Nebraska in 1880 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Grams (post 1700) +

  • Martin Grams Jr. (b. 1977), American award winning radio historian
  • Rodney Dwight "Rod" Grams (1948-2013), American politician, United States Senator from Minnesota (1995-2001)
  • Rodney Dwight Grams (1948-2013), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota 6th District, 1993-95; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1995-2001; Defeated, 2000 [2]
  • James Grams, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1984 [2]
  • Oleg Grams (b. 1984), Russian handball player at the 2008 Summer Olympics


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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