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Grimley is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Grimley family lived in Worcestershire as Lords of the manor of Grimley.

Grimley Early Origins



The surname Grimley was first found in Worcestershire at Grimley, a village and civil parish now in the Malvern Hills District, originally in the union of Martley, Lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow. An ancient Saxon stronghold, the first listing of the place name was in the 9th century when it was listed as Grimanleage. By the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name had evolved to Grimanleh and consisted of a mill and one half of a fishery of eels. [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)
The place name literally means "wood or glade haunted by a spectre or goblin," from the Old English words "grima" + "leah." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Grimley Spelling Variations


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Grimley Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Grimley, Grimly, Grimleigh, Grimlie, Grymley and many more.

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Grimley Early History


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Grimley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grimley research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Grimley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grimley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grimley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Grimley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grimley In Ireland


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Grimley In Ireland



Some of the Grimley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Grimley or a variant listed above were:

Grimley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hannah Grimley, who landed in Maryland in 1658

Grimley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Grimley, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Barnard Grimley settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864

Grimley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Grimley, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the brig "Thetis" from Cork, Ireland

Grimley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Grimley, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Grimley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Grimley landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimley (post 1700)



  • Peter H. Grimley FIDS, American geologist at Horseshoe Island and Stonington Island in 1960, eponym of the Grimley Glacier, Antarctica
  • Tom Grimley, American experimental music composer
  • The Very Rev Robert William Grimley, English clergyman, Dean of Bristol (1997-2009)
  • Brett Grimley (b. 1960), former Australian rules footballer
  • Martyn Grimley (b. 1963), British gold medalist field hockey player at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul

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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. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Grimley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grimley 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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