Grimstomb is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Grimstomb family 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 Grimstomb 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 Grimstomb family
The surname Grimstomb 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 Grimstomb family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grimstomb research.Another 128 words (9 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 Grimstomb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grimstomb Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Grimstomb include Grimston, Grimstone and others.
Early Notables of the Grimstomb 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 Grimstomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grimstomb family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Grimstombs to arrive on North American shores: 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 Grimstomb 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.