Grimes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Grimes comes from the baptismal name for the son of Grimme.

Early Origins of the Grimes family

The surname Grimes was first found in East Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Grimes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grimes research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1329, 1400, 1605, 1657, 1628, 1701, 1614, 1690, 1646, 1660 and are included under the topic Early Grimes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 (1628-29) supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Robert Graham or...
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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 [1]
  • Ann Grimes, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [1]
  • Samuel Grimes a "pewterer" who landed in Boston in 1635
  • Jon Grimes, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Walter Grimes, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 [1]
  • Archibald Grimes, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • Isaac Grimes, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • Constantine Grimes, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 [1]
  • Henry Grimes, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
  • Guy Grimes, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1818 [1]
  • Guy Grimes, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1818
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [2]
  • James Grimes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [3]
  • Ellen Grimes, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [4]

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 [5]
  • 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 [5]
  • 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 [5]
  • 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 [5]
  • 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 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Grimes (post 1700) +

  • Henry Grimes (1935-2020), American jazz double bassist, violinist, and poet; he died from COVID-19
  • Alison C. Lundergan Grimes, American Democrat 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) [7]
  • Martha Grimes (b. 1931), American author of detective fiction, known for her Richard Jury series
  • Camryn Grimes (b. 1990), Emmy Award-winning American soap opera actress
  • Charles H. Grimes, American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1916-17 [8]
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Grimes +

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

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Blundell.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) William Grimes. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Grimes/William_Middleton/USA.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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