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
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grewal research.Another 199 words (14 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.
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.
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.