The ancestors of the Grimstom family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Grymstone, Yorkshire
. Grimston, however, is a fairly common place-name in England
, so a given individual case may come from any of several places so named. The distinguished name Grimstom is derived from the general case of the Old Norman personal name Grimr,
and the Old English tun,
which means settlement or town.
Early Origins of the Grimstom family
The surname Grimstom was first found in the East Riding of Yorkshire
where "Sylvester de Grimston, 'Standard-bearer and Chamberlain to William I.,' of Grimston, in the parish of Garton, is claimed as the ancestor of this venerable Norman family, who have ever since the period of the Conquest resided at the place from whence the name is derived." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"The family of Grimston have been seated [at Garton] since the time of William I., when their ancestor Sylvester de Grimston had a grant of land from the king to be held of the honour of Roos. The church is a good structure, with a low tower; adjoining it on the north, is a mausoleum belonging to the Grimston family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"Several places bear this designation [Grimston], four of them in Yorkshire
, the ancient and present abode of the family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Grimstom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grimstom research.Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1952, 1508, 1600, 1569, 1648, 1626, 1629, 1603, 1685, 1640, 1648, 1660, 1685, 1656, 1643 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Grimstom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grimstom Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Grimstom were recorded, including Grimston, Grimstone and others.
Early Notables of the Grimstom family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Grimston (ca. 1508-1600), of Rishangles, Suffolk
, an English politician and Comptroller of Calais; Sir Harbottle Grimston, 1st Baronet (c.
1569-1648) an English politician, Member of Parliament for Essex
(1626-1629)... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grimstom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grimstom family to Ireland
Some of the Grimstom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grimstom family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Grimstom arrived in North America very early: Anthony Grimston who settled in Virginia in 1635; Samuel Grimstone settled in Maryland in 1737; Thomas Grimstone settled in Virginia in 1654; John Grimstone arrived in Philadelphia in 1853..
The Grimstom Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Faitz proverount
Motto Translation: Deeds will prove.