Grimes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Grimes comes from the baptismal name for the son of Grimme. [1] "Grym, an ancient personal name, apparently Scandinavian." [2] The plural from with an "s" ending is most popular today.

Early Origins of the Grimes family

The surname Grimes was first found in Northumberland, where the forename Grim de Leuertone was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1175. It is one of the few names that can actually claim descent from the Domesday Book of 1086. There the family was listed in Latin as Grim, Grimus and Grimmus. [3]

Godwin Grim was found in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1170 and Bernard Grim was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Cheshire in 1183. Again in Cheshire, Alan Grime was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279. William Grym was found in the Feet of Fines for Suffolk in 1309 and Thomas Grym in the Subsidy Rolls for Staffordshire in 1332. [4]

In Yorkshire, John Gryme was found in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 and John Gryme in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls also list: Alan Grime, Cambridgeshire; Robert Grim, Huntingdonshire; and Warin Grim, Cambridgeshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls also include: Johannes Gryme; Ricardas Gryme; and Willelmus Gryme. [1]

Up in Scotland, the Grim variant is most popular but over the years the family was well established as early as the twelfth century. And it is here that the name may be a from of the name Graham. "Thomas Grym witnessed a confirmation by Patrick, Earl of Dunber. (no date) Cuthbert Grym was a pledge for Andro Fishar, 1488, and William Grime was burgess of Montrose, 1635. Sir James Grym was co-notary in Strathmiglo, 1541. Isobel Gryme is recorded in Montrose, 1641, and another Isobel Grim in Dundee, 1683. " [5]

Early History of the Grimes family

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Grimes Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Grimes were recorded, including Grimes, Grimm, Grime, Grimme, Grimmes and others.

Early Notables of the Grimes family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Grimes (1605-1657), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Haslemere (1628-1629) supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Robert Graham or Grimes (died 1701), a Scottish colonel in the British Army and later a Trappist monk; and Elisha Crymes (c 1614-1690), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Tavistock in 1646 and 1660. Richard Crymes, a London haberdasher, bought Buckland Abbey, Devon in 1546 but in 1660 it was sold to...
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Grimes Ranking

In the United States, the name Grimes is the 562nd most popular surname with an estimated 52,227 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Grimes family to Ireland

Some of the Grimes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Grimes migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Grimes family emigrate to North America:

Grimes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Greorge Grimes, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [7]
  • Ann Grimes, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [7]
  • Samuel Grimes a "pewterer" who landed in Boston in 1635
  • Jon Grimes, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Walter Grimes, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [7]
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Grimes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Grimes, who settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • Archy Grimes, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [7]
  • Archibald Grimes, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [7]
  • Isaac Grimes, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [7]
  • Constantine Grimes, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [7]
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Grimes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Grimes, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • James Grimes, who landed in America in 1805 [7]
  • Henry Grimes, who landed in America in 1806 [7]
  • Guy Grimes, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1818 [7]
  • Guy Grimes, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1818
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Canada Grimes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grimes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Grimes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Grimes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Grimes, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1816
  • Catherine Grimes, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Patrick Grimes, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Sarah Grimes, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Patrick Grimes, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
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Australia Grimes migration to Australia +

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

Grimes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Grimes, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. John Grimes, British Convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. James Grimes, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Grimes, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • Mr. William Grimes, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1842 [12]
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New Zealand Grimes migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Grimes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Grimes, (b. 1809), aged 38, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [13]
  • Mrs. Mary Grimes Née Moore, (b. 1818), aged 29, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [13]
  • Miss Maria Grimes, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847, she died in hospital after arriving [13]
  • Child Grimes, Irish settler born aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847, died on board [13]
  • Miss Catherine Grimes, (b. 1845), aged 20, British dairywoman travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [14]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimes (post 1700) +

  • Howard Lee Grimes (1941-2022), American drummer, best known as a member of the Hi Rhythm Section
  • Jane Brown Grimes (1941-2021), American President of the United States Tennis Association from 2007 to 2008, the second female president in USTA history, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014
  • Stephen Henry "Steve" Grimes (1927-2021), American lawyer and jurist who served as a justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1987 to 1996, including as Chief Justice from 1994 until 1996
  • Henry Grimes (1935-2020), American jazz double bassist, violinist, and poet; he died from COVID-19
  • Alison C. Lundergan Grimes, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Tammy Lee Grimes (1934-2016), American two-time Tony Award winning actress and singer who starred in her own ABC television series, The Tammy Grimes Show in 1966, inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame
  • Oscar Ray Grimes Sr. (1893-1953), American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • James Wilson Grimes (1816-1872), American politician, United States Senator from Iowa (1859-1869), 3rd Governor of Iowa
  • Burleigh Arland Grimes (1893-1985), American Major League Baseball pitcher, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964
  • Major-General William Middleton Grimes (1889-1951), American Commanding General Antilles Department (1945-1946) [15]
  • ... (Another 49 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Grimes +

  • Genealogy of Myers and Grimes Families by W. Oscar Grimes.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) William Grimes. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Grimes/William_Middleton/USA.html


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