Grindstaff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The story of the Grindstaff family is rich with Scottish history. It begins in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada where Grindstaff evolved as a name for some who lived on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. The name is derived from Gaelic Mac Crain. 
Early Origins of the Grindstaff family
The surname Grindstaff 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 Grindstaff family
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Grindstaff Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Grindstaff include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacCraney, Craney, Crainey, MacCrain, McCranie, MacCranny, MacCranne, MacCranney, MacCrayne and many more.
Early Notables of the Grindstaff family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Grindstaff is the 11,381st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Grindstaff family to Ireland
Some of the Grindstaff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Grindstaff family
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Grindstaffs to arrive on North American shores: Peter Dow Maccraing, who was banished to America in 1766; Owen McCraney, who came to New York, NY in 1803; Mathew and Patrick Craney who settled in Philadelphia in 1846.
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.