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Early Origins of the Grandison family

The surname Grandison was first found in Somerset where Otho de Grandissono was listed at Glastonbury in 1280. Years later, Peter de Grandisson was listed in Warwickshire in 1335 and Roger Graundisson was a Freeman or York in 1397. [1]

John Grandiston (1292?-1369), was "Bishop of Exeter, second son of William de Grandison (d. 1335), who was summoned to parliament 1299-1325, and Sybil (d. 1334), younger daughter and coheiress of John de Tregoz, also a Baron by writ, and granddaughter of Juliana, sister of Thomas de Cantelupe, Bishop of Hereford, was born at Ashperton or Ashton in Herefordshire, about 1292." [2]

Another source claims his name was John de Grandisson and was also spelt Grandison. "At Radway, in Bishopsteignton, [Devon] are the ruins of the palace and chapel of the Bishops of Exeter, with whom the ' Bishop's-town-on-Teign ' was for ages a favourite retreat. This ' fair house ' was built by Bishop Grandisson in the early part of the fourteenth century. There is little left now to indicate the character of what the bishop himself, in a letter to Pope John XXII., called a beautiful structure, and described in his will as convenient and costly buildings." [3]

The Granson, Grayneson or Grandison variant has an interesting entry: "the first of the descendants of this Norman adventurer whom we find to have attained public eminence, was Sir Otho de Grandison, Secretary to King Edward I., and at one time Ambassador to Rome. He received summons to Parliament as a baron in 1299, but died without issue, when the title became extinct. From his brother, William, derived the subsequent Barons Grandison." [4]

Early History of the Grandison family

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Grandison Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grandison, Grandson, Grantison, Grantson and others.

Early Notables of the Grandison family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Grandison of Somerset

Grandison Ranking

In the United States, the name Grandison is the 15,820th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Grandison migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grandison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr_ Grandison, aged 25, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1850 [6]

Australia Grandison migration to Australia +

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

Grandison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Grandison, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grandison (post 1700) +

  • Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875), American leader in the Second Great Awakening, often referred to as The Father of Modern Revivalism
  • Charles Grandison Finney (1905-1984), American fantasy novelist and newspaperman, winner of the Most Original Book of 1935
  • David Grandison Fairchild (1869-1954), American botanist and plant explorer
  • William Grandison Utterback (1891-1944), American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1932 [8]
  • Major-General Grandison Gardner (1892-1973), American Deputy to the Chairman of the US Strategic Bombing Survey (1945-1946) [9]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  4. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022).
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 12) . Retrieved from
  9. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Grandison Gardner. Retrieved from on Facebook