Early Origins of the Gretton family
The surname Gretton was first found in Gourdon, an arrondissement of France before the Norman Conquest
. One of the first records there was William de Gourdon who founded Gourdon Abbey in 1240. After the Conquest, "Aimeric de Gourdon, 13th century was a benefactor to the church, and had grants from King John in England
. In 1231 Henry III. granted to Ralph Mareschal part of the estate of Sir Adam de Gourdon. " CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
While we could find no villages named Gourdon in Britain, one may presume that Girton in Cambridgeshire
would be the likely related villages. Girton Cambridgeshire
dates back to c. 1060 when it was listed as Grittone and a few years later is listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Gretone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
similarly dates back to the Domesday Book
with the same spelling. Both literally mean "farmstead or village on gravelly ground," from the Old English words "greot" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Girton College of the University of Cambridge derives its name from the nearby village. One branch of the family held a family seat
at Assington in Suffolk
since early times. "Assington Hall was purchased by Robert Gurdon, in the reign of Henry VIII., from Sir Piers Corbet, and has ever since been the residence of that family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: Bartholomew Gurdon in Norfolk; Thomas Gurdon in Oxfordshire; and Roger Gurdon in Cambridgeshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Gretton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gretton research.Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1544, 1623, 1571, 1649, 1621, 1622, 1595, 1679, 1640, 1660, 1606 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Gretton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gretton Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gretton has been recorded under many different variations, including Gurdon, Girdon, Gurton, Girton, Gerdon, Girtin, Gretton, Gritten and many more.
Early Notables of the Gretton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gurdon (c.
1544-1623), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1571; Brampton Gurdon (died 1649), an English country gentleman and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gretton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gretton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gretton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Vawdrey Gretton, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Elizabeth Gretton, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840