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Grimm is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of Grimme.

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

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Grimm have been found, including Grimes, Grimm, Grime, Grimme, Grimmes and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grimm research. Another 379 words (27 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 Grimm History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grimm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Grimm family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Grimm, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Grimm Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Elsie Jam Grimm, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1664
  • Otto Grimm, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1664

Grimm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Egideus Grimm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Johann Georg Grimm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johann Conrad Grimm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Andreas Grimm, who came to Philadelphia in 1736
  • Martin Grimm, who landed in America in 1738


Grimm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Frederic Grimm, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Auguste Grimm, who landed in Texas in 1840-1850
  • Johann Friedrich Grimm, aged 49, landed in America in 1844
  • Joseph Grimm came to Texas in 1846
  • Friedrich Grimm, who landed in Texas in 1846


Grimm Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Margerite Grimm, who landed in Red River, Canada in 1821

Grimm Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mary Ann Grimm, aged 15, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840

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  • Russell Scott Grimm (b. 1959), former American football Pro Bowl guard
  • Hans Grimm (1875-1959), from Lower Saxony, who was a nationalist writer in the twenties
  • Rudolf Grimm (b. 1961), professor of experimental physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Wilhelm Karl Grimm (1786-1859), one of the Brothers Grimm, famous as the authors of fairy tales
  • Jacob Grimm (1785-1863), one of the Brothers Grimm, the famous authors of fairy tales


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  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Grimm Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grimm 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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