Grind History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Grind come from the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Dalriadans. They lived along the rugged west coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands and used the name to indicate a person who lived on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. The name is derived from Gaelic Mac Crain.

Early Origins of the Grind family

The surname Grind was first found in the islands of Jura and Islay, 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.

Early History of the Grind family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grind research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 180 , 1625, 1649, 1856 and 128. are included under the topic Early Grind History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grind Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of Grind have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacCraney, Craney, Crainey, MacCrain, McCranie, MacCranny, MacCranne, MacCranney, MacCrayne and many more.

Early Notables of the Grind family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Grind Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Grind family to Ireland

Some of the Grind family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Grind migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Grind were among those contributors:

Grind Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Grind, aged 11, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
Grind Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Grind, aged 32, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]


The Grind 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: Amor proximi
Motto Translation: The love of our neighbor.


  1. ^ 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)


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