The Grether surname comes from the Old English words "great" or "large" and "heafod," meaning "head." It is supposed that this was originally a
for someone with a large head, which was later taken on as a surname.
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1351 when Thomas Grethed held estates at Whitby.
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of this family name include: Greathead, Greathed, Greathouse, Greatus, Grethed, Grethouse and many more.