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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Gresham surname lived in the village of Gresham in the county of Norfolk.

Gresham Early Origins



The surname Gresham was first found in Norfolk at Gresham, a parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred of North Erpingham. "Gresham gave name to the family of which Sir Thomas [Gresham] (c. 1519-1579), the founder of the Royal Exchange and of Gresham College, was a member." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The same Sir Thomas is again mentioned in the same source in Battisford, Suffolk. "The framework of the late Royal Exchange, London, erected by Sir Thomas Gresham, was made here; Sir Thomas residing in the adjoining parish of Kingshall, and having considerable property in this." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another family seat was found at Barnby-Upon-Don in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "The church [of Barnby-Upon-Don] is a well-built structure of very ancient date, with a chancel the property of the Gresham family, which contains some handsome monuments to their ancestors and others." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Gresham Spelling Variations


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Gresham Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Gresham are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gresham include: Gresham, Gressam and others.

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Gresham Early History


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Gresham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gresham research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1776, 1549, 1495, 1556, 1485, 1549, 1519, 1579, 1627, 1696, 1649, 1709, 1660, 1718 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Gresham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gresham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gresham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Gresham (1495-1556), an English merchant, courtier and financier who worked for King Henry VIII of England, Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, Lord Mayor of London and founded Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk; Sir Richard Gresham (c.1485-1549), an English mercer, Merchant Adventurer, Lord...

Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gresham 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gresham or a variant listed above:

Gresham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ed. Gresham, who settled in Virginia in 1650

Gresham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Gresham, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1858
  • Robert Gresham, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Clara Gresham, aged 6, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Hannah Gresham, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Hy. G. Gresham, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gresham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Linley Gresham, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Herbert Gresham, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Arthur P. Gresham, aged 23, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Thomas B. Gresham, aged 65, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Joseph Gresham, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gresham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • William Gresham, aged 52, who emigrated to St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1911

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gresham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gresham (post 1700)



  • Claude Hamilton "Grits" Gresham Jr. (1922-2008), American sportsman, author, photographer and television host of ABC's The American Sportsman series from 1966 to 1979 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Claude Gresham. (Retrieved 2013, June 10) Claude Gresham. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grits_Gresham
  • Max Gresham (b. 1993), American stock car racing driver
  • William Lindsay Gresham (1909-1962), American novelist and non-fiction author, best known for his work Nightmare Alley (1946), which was adapted into a 1947 film starring Tyrone Power
  • Douglas Howard Gresham (b. 1945), American-born, British actor, biographer, and film producer
  • Jermaine Gresham (b. 1988), American NFL football tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals
  • James H. "Jimmy" Gresham (b. 1934), American soul singer, writer, and producer
  • Peter John Gresham ONZM (b. 1933), former New Zealand politician
  • Walter Quintin Gresham (1832-1895), American statesman and jurist, United States Postmaster General, eponym of the USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387)
  • J. W. Gresham, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1908 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George Gresham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008; Presidential Elector for New York, 2012 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Gresham


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Suggested Readings for the name Gresham



  • A Family Named Gresham by Virgil L. Gresham.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Claude Gresham. (Retrieved 2013, June 10) Claude Gresham. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grits_Gresham
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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