Grantham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient history of the Grantham name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Grantham, a town located in the county of Lincolnshire. The name was derived from the Old English word grand which may have been derived from the personal name Granta and the Old English word ham meaning "homestead" [1]

Early Origins of the Grantham family

The surname Grantham was first found in Lincolnshire at Grantham, a market town within the South Kesteven district, which was first listed in the Domesday Book as Grantham and probably meant "homestead or village of a man called Granta" derived from the Old English personal name + ham. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old English word "grand" meaning "gravel" + ham. [2]

Important Dates for the Grantham family

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Grantham Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Grantham include Grantham, Grantam, Grantem, Grantum, Granthem and others.

Early Notables of the Grantham family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Grantham, Lord Mayor of London; Sir Thomas Grantham (1573-1630), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1604 to 1629, matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford (1589); and his son, Thomas Grantham (1612-1655)...
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Grantham migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Grantham or a variant listed above:

Grantham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Grantham, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1667 [3]
Grantham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jer Grantham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [3]
  • John Grantham, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • John Grantham, who settled in New England in 1778
Grantham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Grantham, who settled in New York in 1807
  • Peter Grantham, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1807 [3]
  • Henry I Grantham, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • James Grantham, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1851

Grantham migration to Australia

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

Grantham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Grantham, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]
  • Thomas Grantham, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Grantham 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:

Grantham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Grantham, (b. 1822), aged 37, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Dix Deborah Grantham, (b. 1823), aged 36, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [5]
  • Miss Eliza Grantham, (b. 1843), aged 16, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [5]
  • Miss Sarah Ann Grantham, (b. 1846), aged 13, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Grantham, (b. 1848), aged 11, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Grantham (post 1700)

  • Wendy Grantham (b. 1968), American actress and singer, known for her work on Emmett's Mark (2002), The Wire (2002) and Crooklyn (1994)
  • Donald Grantham (b. 1947), American composer and music educator
  • George Farley "Boots" Grantham (1900-1954), American former professional Major League Baseball player
  • Kevin Grantham, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2012 [6]
  • K. H. Grantham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1936 [6]
  • John W. Grantham, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jefferson County, 1872, 1881-82; Member of West Virginia State Senate 12th District, 1873 [6]
  • Jasper E. Grantham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1964 [6]
  • George Leighton Grantham, American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Pickens County, 1951-54; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1952 [6]
  • Everett M. Grantham, American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, 1937-42, 1946-51; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1952 [6]
  • E. L. Grantham, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 46th District, 1923-24 [6]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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