Grills History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Grills family

The surname Grills was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Lanreth. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Important Dates for the Grills family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grills research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1644 is included under the topic Early Grills History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grills Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Grills family (pre 1700)

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Grills migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grills Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Grills, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [1]
Grills Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Grills, who arrived in Alabama in 1928 [1]

Grills migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Grills Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Grills, (b. 1832), aged 24, Cornish dairymaid departing from Soton on 31st January 1856 aboard the ship "Earl Grey" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 7th June 1856 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grills (post 1700)

  • Wesley L. Grills, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Ohio State Attorney General, 1924, 1926 [3]
  • Gano Grills, African American actor
  • Dave Grills (b. 1959), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for Mining and Pastoral Region (2013-)
  • Lee Elgy Grills (1904-1982), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Hastings South (1957-1963), Member of Parliament for Hastings (1968-1972)
  • Leo "Lucky" Grills OAM (1928-2007), Australian actor and comedian
  • Julian Fletcher Grills (b. 1940), former member of the Australian Labor Party
  • Roman Grills (b. 1966), German former footballer

Historic Events for the Grills family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Gordon Frederick Johnson Grills (1925-1942), British Boy Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing presumed killed in the evacuation of Singapore in 1942 [4]

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, June 10) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
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