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The ancestors of the name Grimshaw date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Grimshaw family lived in the region of Grimshaw in the county of Lancashire. The surname Grimshaw is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Grimshaw Early Origins



The surname Grimshaw was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Grimshaw Spelling Variations


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Grimshaw Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Grimshaw are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Grimshaw include: Grimshaw, Grimshawe, Grimshor, Grinshaw, Grimshore, Grinshore, Gremshaw, Grimshall, Grimeshaw, Grimsshaw, Grinshaw and many more.

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Grimshaw Early History


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Grimshaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grimshaw research. Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the year 1190 is included under the topic Early Grimshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grimshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grimshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Grimshaw Notables 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Grimshaw or a variant listed above:

Grimshaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Grimshaw who was farming in Virginia in 1656
  • Eliza Grimshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Grimshaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Judith Grimshaw settled in Georgia in 1737
  • John Grimshaw, who arrived in Georgia in 1737
  • Judith Grimshaw, who landed in Georgia in 1737

Grimshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Grimshaw, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Joseph Grimshaw, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Isaac Grimshaw, aged 40, landed in New York in 1812
  • George Grimshaw, who arrived in Mississippi in 1829

Grimshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Grimshaw, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  • James Grimshaw, aged 23, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimshaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grimshaw (post 1700)



  • William A. Grimshaw, American Republican politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Pike County, 1847; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1880
  • Jacky Grimshaw, American Democrat politician, Member, Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Dan Grimshaw, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 84th District, 2012
  • Arthur H. Grimshaw, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Wilmington, Delaware, 1861-66
  • Myron Frederick "Moose" Grimshaw (1875-1936), American Major League Baseball right fielder who played for the Boston Americans from 1905 to 1907
  • Aiden Samuel Grimshaw (b. 1991), English singer-songwriter and actor
  • William "Billy" Grimshaw (1892-1968), English footballer
  • Lieutenant-Colonel John Elisha Grimshaw VC (1893-1980), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Sir Nicholas Grimshaw CBE (b. 1939), prominent English architect, founder of Grimshaw Architects
  • Tracy Jane Grimshaw (b. 1960), Australian journalist and television presenter, former Today on Saturday Host (19921996)
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Grimshaw Historic Events


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Grimshaw Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Samuel Grimshaw (b. 1907), English Able Seaman & Gunner from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Arthur Grimshaw, American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Grimshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grimshaw 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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