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Early Origins of the Grinndlay family

The surname Grinndlay 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 Grinndlay family

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Grinndlay Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Grinndlay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Grinndlay family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Grindley who settled in Virginia in 1663; Elizabeth Grindley settled in Virginia in 1736.

The Grinndlay 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) on Facebook