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Early Origins of the Grimstead family

The surname Grimstead was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Grimstead when Herbert, a Norman noble was under tenant to Waleran Hunter who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Grimstead family

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Grimstead Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grimstead, Grimsteed, Grimsted, Grimstede, Grinstead, Grinsted and many more.

Early Notables of the Grimstead family (pre 1700)

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United States Grimstead migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grimstead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alse Grimstead, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [2]
  • Rich Grimstead, who received a land patent in Virginia in 1679
Grimstead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Grimstead, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • William Grimstead, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1757
Grimstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Grimstead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]

Australia Grimstead migration to Australia +

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

Grimstead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Grimstead, (b. 1805), aged 38, English ploughman who was convicted in Taunton, Somerset, England for 15 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1877 [3]
  • James Grimstead, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [4]

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from
  4. South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved on Facebook