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The surname Grass 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.

Grass Early Origins



The surname Grass 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.

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Grass Spelling Variations


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Grass Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Grass that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Grace, Grase and others.

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Grass Early History


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Grass Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grass research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1559, 1689, 1612, 1691 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Grass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grass Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grass Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Oliver Grace, Knight of Ballylinch and Legan Castles, County Kilkenny, Lord of Carney, Tipperary, and Member of Parliament for that county in 1559; and his son, Oliver Grace, of Shanganagh, (now Gracefield), member of...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Grass:

Grass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Leonard Grass, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Peter Grass, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Jacob Grass settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • George Grass settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • Joseph Grass settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gotleb Grass, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Christian Grass, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Adam Grass, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Christoph Georg Grass, who arrived in America in 1850
  • John Grass, aged 46, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grass Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Danil Grass, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Regina Grass, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Sophia Grass, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. Jacob Grass U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Capt. Michael Grass U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grass (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grass (post 1700)



  • John Grass (1836-1918), also known as Mato Watakpe or Charging Bear, American Aboriginal chief of the Sihasapa (Blackfeet) band of Lakota people during the 1870s through 1890s; he fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana
  • Frank J. Grass (b. 1951), United States Army general who serves as 27th Chief of the National Guard Bureau
  • Alexander "Alex" Grass (1927-2009), American businessman and lawyer who founded Rite Aid, one of America's largest drugstore chains
  • William Grass, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1952
  • Sadie Grass, American politician, Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1960; Tax Cut Candidate for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 12th District, 1961
  • Morton Grass, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948
  • James E. Grass, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Franconia, 1948
  • H. C. Grass, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1904
  • Daniel Grass (1774-1836), American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1816; Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1819-21; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1821-27
  • Philippe Grass (1801-1876), French sculptor
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: En Grace affie
Motto Translation: On Grace, depend.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  7. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Grass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grass Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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