Granger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Granger 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 Granger family

The surname Granger 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.

Early History of the Granger family

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Granger Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Granger family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Granger family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Granger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Niccolas Granger, who landed in Virginia in 1618 [1]
  • Steven Granger, who landed in New England in 1637 [1]
  • Thomas Granger, who landed in New England in 1637 [1]
  • Grace Granger, who settled in New England in 1637
  • Launcelot Granger, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Granger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Granger, aged 29, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Samuel Granger, who arrived in New England in 1720 [1]
  • Pierre Granger, who arrived in Maryland in 1763 [1]
  • Magdelaine Granger, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763 [1]
  • Margueritte Granger, who landed in Connecticut in 1763 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Granger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E Granger, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • William Granger, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • John Granger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]

Canada Granger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Granger Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Laurent Granger, who was married in Port-Royal, Quebec in 1667
  • Catherine Granger married in Quebec in 1673
  • Claude Granger worked in Port-Royal in 1686
  • Pierre Granger married in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia in 1693
Granger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Granger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mrs. Sarah Granger U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
Granger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Granger, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Allen M Granger, who landed in Canada in 1828

Australia Granger migration to Australia +

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

Granger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Granger, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. James Granger, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Granger, English convict who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the ""Blenheim"" on 24th July 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, Australia [5]
  • Mr. James Torphichen Granger, Scottish labourer who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [6]
  • George Granger (aged 27), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

New Zealand Granger 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:

Granger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Hannah Granger, (b. 1858), aged 6 months, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [7]
  • Mr. George Granger, (b. 1821), aged 38, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [7]
  • Mrs. Edith Granger, (b. 1824), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [7]
  • Miss Catherine Granger, (b. 1840), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [7]
  • Miss Sarah Granger, (b. 1844), aged 15, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Granger (post 1700) +

  • Kay Granger (b. 1943), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas
  • Farley Granger (1925-2011), American actor best known for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock thrillers
  • Francis Granger (1792-1868), American political leader
  • Walter Willis Granger (1872-1941), American vertebrate paleontologist
  • Beula P. Granger, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Granby [8]
  • Betty J. Granger, American politician, Mayor of Jackson, Michigan, 1987- [8]
  • Benjamin F. Granger, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 8th District, 1910 [8]
  • Amos Phelps Granger (1789-1866), American politician, Representative from New York 24th District, 1855-59 [8]
  • Almon M. Granger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1868 [8]
  • A. L. Granger, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932 [8]
  • ... (Another 43 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Raymond Edward Granger, American Fireman Third Class from Iowa, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [9]


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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