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Early Origins of the Grealish family


The surname Grealish was first found in Rutland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Grealish family


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Grealish Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Greely, Greeley, Grailly, de Grailly, Greyle, Greelie and many more.

Early Notables of the Grealish family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Grealish family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grealish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Martin Grealish, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1856.shtml
  • Mary Grealish, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1856.shtml

Contemporary Notables of the name Grealish (post 1700)


  • Jack Grealish (b. 1995), English footballer from Birmingham
  • Tony Grealish (1956-2013), English professional footballer from London
  • Noel Grealish (b. 1965), Irish independent politician, Leader of the Progressive Democrats in 2009

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1856.shtml

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