Grinnham is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the chapelry of Greeham in the parish of Thatcham in the county of Berkshire. The place-name is derived from the Old English Greenham,
which refers to either a green river-bed
or a green homestead.
Greenan Castle is a 16th century tower house, around 2.5 miles south-west of Ayr in South Ayrshire.
Early Origins of the Grinnham family
The surname Grinnham was first found in Berkshire, 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 Grinnham family
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Grinnham Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Grinnham family name include Greenham, Greenam, Greenum and others.
Early Notables of the Grinnham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grinnham family to Ireland
Some of the Grinnham family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Grinnham family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Grinnham surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Greenham who settled in New England