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Early Origins of the Grindley family

The surname Grindley 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 Grindley family

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Grindley Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Grindley family (pre 1700)

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United States Grindley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grindley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Charles Grindley who settled in Virginia in 1663
Grindley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Grindley, who settled in Virginia in 1736

Canada Grindley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grindley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Grindley U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia Grindley migration to Australia +

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

Grindley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Grindley, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 28th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • John Grindley, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

Contemporary Notables of the name Grindley (post 1700) +

  • William Harry Grindley (1859-1926), English potter from Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, founder of W H Grindley, an English pottery company that made earthenware and ironstone tableware, including flow blue in 1880
  • Thomas Maltby Grindley (1864-1929), Isle of Man-born, Canadian politician in Alberta, Alderman on the Edmonton City Council (1910-1912); he emigrated to Canada in 1882
  • David Allan Grindley (b. 1972), British former 400 metres track and field athlete, silver and bronze medalist
  • George William Grindley (1925-2019), New Zealand geologist, eponym of the Grindley Plateau, Antarctica
  • William Grindley Craig (1818-1854), Scottish chief mechanical engineer of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway from 1854-1859

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Edward C Grindley, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [5]

The Grindley 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. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia. Retrieved 25th March 2022 from
  5. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook