Show ContentsGrasse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Grasse name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Lincolnshire.

Early Origins of the Grasse family

The surname Grasse was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Grasse family

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Grasse Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Grasse were recorded, including Crass, Crassus, Cras, Craas, Crace, Craise, Craze, Grass, Grasse, Gras and many more.

Early Notables of the Grasse family (pre 1700)

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United States Grasse migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Grasse family emigrate to North America:

Grasse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Grasse, who settled in Philadelphia in 1848

Contemporary Notables of the name Grasse (post 1700) +

  • John Grasse, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Alaska, 1966 [1]
  • Harvey Grasse, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Door and Kewaunee counties, 1956, 1958 [1]

  • Karl Eberhard Grasse (1919-1941), German Leutnant zur See who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  2. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook