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Gridley Early Origins



The surname Gridley was first found in Rutland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Gridley Spelling Variations


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Gridley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Greely, Greeley, Grailly, de Grailly, Greyle, Greelie and many more.

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Gridley Early History


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Gridley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gridley research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Gridley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gridley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gridley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gridley 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gridley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Gridley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Thomas Gridley, who arrived in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1653

Gridley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Gridley, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Mary Gridley, who landed in Virginia in 1711

Gridley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Levi Gridley, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822

Gridley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gridley, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • William Walter Gridley, aged 28, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

Gridley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Gridley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Trevelyan" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gridley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gridley (post 1700)



  • Sylvester Gridley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 2nd District, 1876
  • Silas R. Gridley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 3rd District, 1855
  • John V. Gridley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1867
  • Horatio Gridley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 1st District, 1843
  • G. Thompson Gridley, American politician, Village President of Jackson, Michigan, 1852-54; Circuit Judge in Michigan 4th Circuit, 1882-87
  • Edward A. Gridley, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1900
  • Delos H. Gridley, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Abraham Gridley (d. 1850), American politician, Member of New York State Senate 7th District, 1847
  • Jeremiah Gridley (1702-1767), American lawyer, editor, state legislator, and attorney general
  • Richard Gridley (1710-1796), He was a soldier and engineer who served for the British Army during the French and Indian Wars and for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Gridley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gridley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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