Griles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Griles family

The surname Griles was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Lanreth.

"The only gentleman's seat in the parish [of St. Anthony in Kirrier, Cornwall] is Bosahan, an elegant modern built mansion, erected by the late Thomas Grylls, Esq. of Helston. Its situation is eligible and commanding, and it furnishes a pleasing view of the most diversified scenery." [1]

"The manor of Polkinhorne [in the parish of Gwinear] belonged at a very early period to an ancient family of that name, with whom it continued until the reign of Charles II. ; when the heiress of this family married Thomas Glynn, Esq; of Helston. In the year 1757, Cordelia, sister and sole heiress of Thomas Glynn, Esq., grandson of the preceding, brought this manor in marriage to Richard Gerveys Grylls, Esq. of Helston, from whom it descended to his son the Rev. Richard Grylls, and Humphrey Millet Grylls, Esq. the present proprietors." [1]

Early History of the Griles family

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Griles Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Griles, Grills, Gryles, Grylles, Grill, Gril and many more.

Early Notables of the Griles family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir John Grills knighted in 1644, Sheriff of Cornwall. "The [manor of Faweton, Conrwall] now belongs to the Rev. Richard Gerveys Grylls of Helston; one moiety by inheritance from Sir John Grylls his ancestor, and the other by purchase from its...
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Migration of the Griles family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Griles (post 1700) +

  • James Steven Griles (b. 1947), American coal lobbyist and the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Interior


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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