Grindlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Grindlay family

The surname Grindlay was first found in Shropshire at Grindley Brook. Traditionally in Cheshire, this township was also known as Tushingham, with Grindley in the late 1800s. [1]Grindley can also be found in Staffordshire. In this latter case, the township dates back to 1251 when it was first listed as Grenleg and is thought to have literally meant "green woodland clearing," from the Old English word "grene" + "leah." [2]

Early History of the Grindlay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grindlay research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1274 are included under the topic Early Grindlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grindlay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grindley, Grindlay and others.

Early Notables of the Grindlay family (pre 1700)

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Australia Grindlay migration to Australia +

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

Grindlay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Grindlay migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Grindlay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Grindlay, (b. 1842), aged 33, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 25th November 1875 [4]
  • Mrs. Grindlay, (b. 1841), aged 34, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 25th November 1875 [4]
  • Mr. John Grindlay, (b. 1859), aged 16, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 25th November 1875 [4]
  • Miss Jessie Grindlay, (b. 1861), aged 14, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 25th November 1875 [4]
  • Mr. George Grindlay, (b. 1866), aged 9, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 25th November 1875 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Grindlay 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: Non degener
Motto Translation: Not degenerated.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-spencer
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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