Grewal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name Grewal originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.

Early Origins of the Grewal family

The surname Grewal was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Grewal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grewal research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, 1650, 1523 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Grewal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grewal Spelling Variations

One's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Grewal family name include MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.

Early Notables of the Grewal family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grewal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Grewal family

In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Grewal, or one of its variants: Bernard, Bridget, Charles, Denis, Edward, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Mark, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Robert, Thomas McGrath all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name Grewal (post 1700)

  • Mandeep Grewal, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Pittsfield Township, Michigan, 2008- [1]
  • Balbir Grewal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2004 [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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