Grant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Despite claims to the contrary there is evidence that the surname claims descent from the Grants or Grands of Grand Court in St. Michel du Treport, and were the Counts of Eu. Recognizing that the Norman history does not necessarily conflict and remembering that the Normans were overrun by the Vikings in the 9th century the name Grant is still correctly interpreted as the Norman "Grand" meaning "Big" or Eminent."

Early Origins of the Grant family

The surname Grant was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they held a family seat at Strathspey from very early times.

The earliest records of the name were found in the county of Inverness (in the modern Highland and Western Isles regions). One of the first listings of the Grant family in Scotland is that of Thomas Grant, a merchant of the king of Scotland who was deposed from his position as visor of York Castle on January 2, 1252. Later Lawrence and Robert Grant were witnesses at Inverness in 1258. Sir Laurence Grant was sheriff of Inverness in 1266.

John le Graunt was taken prisoner at Dunbar in 1297 and was held at Gloucester Castle. Maurice Grant was sheriff of Inverness in 1330. Richard le Grant (also known as Richard Grant) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1229 to 1231. [1]

Important Dates for the Grant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grant research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1263, 1333, 1620, 1674, 1695 and are included under the topic Early Grant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grant, Grantt, Graunt, Grannd (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the Grant family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Grant family to Ireland

Some of the Grant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grant migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Grant, who settled in New England in 1651
  • Peter Grant who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1651
  • Charles Grant, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [2]
  • Antho Grant, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • John Grant, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1652 with his servants
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Grant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Grant, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [2]
  • Danl Grant, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [2]
  • Andrew Grant, who arrived in Georgia in 1733 [2]
  • Archibald Grant, who settled in Georgia in 1734
  • Augus Grant, who arrived in Maryland in 1747 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Grant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Grant, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Bernard Grant, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [2]
  • Anne Grant, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Barbara Grant, who arrived in America in 1850 [2]
  • Catherine Grant, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grant migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alex Grant, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Alex Grant, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Christopher Grant, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Donald Grant, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Alex Grant, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Grant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alex Grant, aged 4, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Alex Grant, aged 6, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Alex Grant, aged 9, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Angus Grant, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Cath Grant, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
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Grant migration to Australia

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

Grant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Grant, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • James Grant, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [4]
  • James Grant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838 [5]
  • Mary Ann Grant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [6]
  • Jesse Grant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grant 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:

Grant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Grant, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Grant, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • W Grant, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Grant, aged 30, a mason, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • William Grant, aged 20, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Grant (post 1700)

  • President Ulysses S Grant (1822-1885), General-in-chief of the Union Army during the American Civil War and 18th president of the United States of America
  • Eugene Martin Grant (1918-2018), born Eugene Martin Greenberg, an American real estate investor and civic leader
  • Ron Grant (1944-2016), American Academy Award winning composer, best known for his work on Knot's Landing and Tiny Toon Adventures
  • Sarah Dickinson Grant (1943-2016), American jurist, Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
  • Toni Grant (1942-2016), born Toni Glickman, an American psychologist and talk radio host, one of the first licensed psychologists to have her own radio talk show
  • Robert P. "Bob" Grant (1948-2015), American politician, Member of the Kansas House of Representatives (1997-2013) and (1991-1994)
  • Major General David Norvell Walker Grant CBE, FREng, FIEE (1891-1964), American Army Air Forces surgeon considered by most authorities as the "father" of the present-day U.S. Air Force Medical Service
  • Major-General Walter Schuyler Grant (1878-1956), American Member of Secretary of War's Personnel Board, War Department (1942-1946) [8]
  • Major-General Ulysses Simpson III Grant (1881-1968), American Chairman of National Capitol Park & Planning Commission (1942-1949) [9]
  • Cary Grant (1904-1986), stage name of Archibald Alexander Leach, English-born, American two-time Academy Award and five-time Golden Globe nominated film and stage actor, named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute
  • ... (Another 162 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Grant family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Grant, British Electrician from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. James Frederic Grant (1888-1914), Canadian Surgeon from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Edward Grant, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Annie  Grant (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • Mrs. Mary M.  Grant (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • Mrs. Mary  Grant (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
Hindenburg LZ-129
  • Mr. George Grant (1873-1937), English Shipping Line Executive from London, England, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire [12]
HMS Cornwall
  • Thomas Grant (d. 1942), British Stoker 2nd Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
  • James Leslie Grant, British Warrant Officer Engineer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [13]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • George Henry Grant (d. 1945), British Ordinary Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Fielding Grant, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. William Stanley Loveless Grant, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Norman W. Grant, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Grant, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Michael Grant, Irish Fireman from Dundalk, Louth, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Montagu Tassell Grant, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [18]
  • Mrs. Chastina Janet Grant, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [18]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lawrence Everett Grant, American Yeoman Third Class from Missouri, 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 [19]

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LORD GODERICH 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838LordGoderich.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLATINA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Platina.htm
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Walter Grant. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Grant/Walter_Schuyler/USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Ulysses Grant. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Grant/Ulysses_Simpson_III/USA.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | Airships.net. (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/hindenburg-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  14. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  19. ^ 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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