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Grenfell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Grenfell is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Grenfell family lived in one of the many places named Grenville in Normandy. Grenville was a seaport in Lower Normandy. There are also many places in Normandy called Grainville, which is a place-name derived from the Germanic personal name Guarin, which means guard, and the Old French word ville, which means village or settlement.

Early Origins of the Grenfell family


The surname Grenfell was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they descend from Richard de Grenville who came with the Conqueror in the train of Walter Giffard, Earl of Longeville and Buckingham. He was son in law of Giffard. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Cornwall and Devon is home to the family too as George Grenville of Stowe stated in 1711 in a letter to his nephew: "Your ancestors for at least five hundred years never made any alliances, male of female, out of the western counties: thus there is hardly a gentleman either in Cornwall or Devon, but has some of you blood, as you of theirs."


Early History of the Grenfell family


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Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1315, 1542, 1591, 1576, 1577, 1596, 1643, 1600, 1658, 1628, 1701, 1661, 1701, 1691, 1693, 1692, 1711, 1707, 1666, 1735 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Grenfell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grenfell Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Grenfell include Granville, Granfield, Grandfield, Greenfield and others.

Early Notables of the Grenfell family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Richard Grenville (1542-1591), an English sailor from Bideford, Devon, sea captain and explorer, Sheriff of Cornwall (1576-1577) and Sheriff of Cork; Sir Bevil Grenville (1596-1643), Royalist soldier in the English Civil War, and Member of Parliament; Sir Richard Grenville (Granville) (1600-1658), 1st...
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Migration of the Grenfell family to Ireland


Some of the Grenfell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Grenfell family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grenfell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Grenfell, aged 38, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  • Anne Warren Grenfell, aged 32, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  • Mary Anne Grenfell, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  • Richard Grenfell, aged 9, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  • Nicholas Grenfell, aged 3, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grenfell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Grenfell, (b. 1858), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer departing on 7th September 1878 aboard the ship "Opawa" going to Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand arriving in port on 7th December 1878 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Miss Jenifer Grenfell, (b.1811), aged 66, Cornish settler departing on 19th November 1877 aboard the ship "Piako" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 5th February 1878 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mr. John Grenfell, (b.1853), aged 25, Cornish farm labourer departing on 29th August 1878 aboard the ship "Waitara" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd December 1878 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mr. John Henry Grenfell, (b.1867), aged 10, Cornish settler departing on 19th November 1877 aboard the ship "Piako" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 5th February 1878 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • Mrs. Mary Grenfell, (b.1856), aged 22, Cornish settler departing on 29th August 1878 aboard the ship "Waitara" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd December 1878 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Grenfell (post 1700)


  • Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell KCMG (1865-1940), English medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador, eponym of Grenfell Cloth and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1997
  • George St. Leger Grenfell (1808-1868), British soldier of fortune who later fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War, leader of a notorious plot to seize control of parts of the Northern U.S
  • Francis Octavius Grenfell VC (1880-1915), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • George Grenfell (1849-1906), Cornish missionary and explorer in the Congo Free State
  • Stephen John Grenfell (1966-1985), English former footballer who played from 1985 to 1994
  • Bernard Pyne Grenfell (1869-1926), English scientist and Egyptologist, member of The Queen's College, Oxford
  • Pascoe St Leger Grenfell (1798-1879), British businessman and patron, and a key backer of the South Australian Company, son of Pascoe Grenfell, eponym of Grenfell Street, Adelaide
  • John Granville Grenfell, Australian Gold Commissioner who was wounded by bushrangers near Narromine on December 7, 1866; he died 24 hours later from his wounds, eponym of Grenfell, New South Wales
  • Colonel Cecil Alfred Grenfell (1864-1924), British Liberal politician
  • Julian Henry Francis Grenfell DSO (1888-1915), British soldier and poet of World War I, eldest son of William Grenfell
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Grenfell 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: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf

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