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
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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
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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Migration of the Grinsted family to the New World and Oceana
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
Historic Events for the Grinsted family
- Mr. S. Cyril Grinsted, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/