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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Grimwald came from the baptismal name for the son of Grimward.
The surname Grimwald 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Grimwald family name include Grimwood, Grimwade and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grimwald research. Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1247 is included under the topic Early Grimwald History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Grimwald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Grimwald surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Grimwood arrived in Philadelphia in 1865.
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: Auxilio divino
Motto Translation: By divine aid.
The Grimwald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grimwald 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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