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Early Origins of the Grindon family

The surname Grindon was first found in Warwickshire at Grendon, a parish, in the union of Atherstone, Tamworth division of the hundred of Hemlingford. [1] The place name literally means "green hill" having derived from the Old English word "grene" + "dun." [2] The are other places that include the name "Grendon" usually as a prefix. Some date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 as in Grendone (Northamptonshire and Warwickshire) and Grennedone in Buckinghamshire. [3]

"This soldier of the Conquest received as his share of the spoil a fair lordship in Warwickshire, and thence assuming a surname, founded a knightly family, which obtained Baronial rank in the reign of Edward I., when Sir Ralph de Grendon had summons to Parliament, A.D. 1299. His only son, Robert, second lord, being of weak intellect, much litigation arose regarding the lordship of Grendon, with Sir Roger and Sir Philip Chetwynds (who were allied to the family by marriage), and endured for a considerable time. At length an agreement was entered into, under which the estate passed to the Chetwynds, by whose descendant, Sir George Chetwynd, Bart., it is now held." [4]

Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Grendon, held Thurstan from Henry de Ferrers, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The village held a Mill at that time. Notable is Grendon Hall.

Grinton is a small village and civil parish in the Yorkshire Dales, in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. "The church is a very ancient and spacious structure in the early English style, and in excellent repair; the chancel is divided from two side chapels by a carved oak screen of very early date, and the windows present the remains of some choice specimens of stained glass. " [1]

Robert de Grendune was a Knights Templar in Lincolnshire in 1185 and later, Randulf de Grendon was listed in Northumberland in 1242. Over one hundred years later, Robert de Grendon was found in the Feet of Fines for Warwickshire in 1345-1346. [5]

Early History of the Grindon family

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Grindon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grendon, Grendown, Grentown, Grendone, Grenton, Greynton, Grendown, Grindon, Grinton, Grinden and many more.

Early Notables of the Grindon family (pre 1700)

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United States Grindon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grindon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Grindon, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [6]
  • William Grindon, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [6]

  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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. 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) on Facebook