Grinsted History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Grinsted family

The surname Grinsted was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Grimstead when Herbert, a Norman noble was under tenant to Waleran Hunter who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Grinsted family

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Grinsted Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grimstead, Grimsteed, Grimsted, Grimstede, Grinstead, Grinsted and many more.

Early Notables of the Grinsted family (pre 1700)

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United States Grinsted migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grinsted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Grinsted, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1844

Contemporary Notables of the name Grinsted (post 1700) +

    RMS Lusitania
    • Mr. S. Cyril Grinsted, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [2]

    1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
    2. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook