Show ContentsGrase History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Grase is generally thought to derive from the Old French word "grace," which means "charm" or "pleasantness." In some instances, it may have evolved from the Old French word "gros," which means "great," or "large." In either instance, the name was a nickname which evolved into a surname.

Early Origins of the Grase family

The surname Grase was first found in Buckinghamshire where they were descended from a Norman knight from Le Gras in Normandy, who arrived in England with the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. [1]

Early records show William le Gras in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1199, and in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire of 1219. Roger le Gas was on record in the Curia Regis Rolls for Staffordshire of 1200. William atte Grase was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset of 1327. [2]

The Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. had two early listings for the family: Ascelin le Gras, Norfolk, and Roger Grassus, Lincolnshire. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Roger le Gras, Wiltshire; Alan le Gras, Yorkshire; and Hugh le Gras, Lincolnshire. [4]

William atte Grase, was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward I's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Grase family

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Grase Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grace, Grase, Gras, Grass, Grasse and others.

Early Notables of the Grase family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Grase family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grase Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ernst Grase, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [6]

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  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) on Facebook