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Grisham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The lineage of the name Grisham begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the village of Gresham in the county of Norfolk.

Early Origins of the Grisham family


The surname Grisham was first found in Norfolk at Gresham, a parish, in the union of Erpingham, hundred of North Erpingham. "Gresham gave name to the family of which Sir Thomas [Gresham] (c. 1519-1579), the founder of the Royal Exchange and of Gresham College, was a member." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The same Sir Thomas is again mentioned in the same source in Battisford, Suffolk. "The framework of the late Royal Exchange, London, erected by Sir Thomas Gresham, was made here; Sir Thomas residing in the adjoining parish of Kingshall, and having considerable property in this." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another family seat was found at Barnby-Upon-Don in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "The church [of Barnby-Upon-Don] is a well-built structure of very ancient date, with a chancel the property of the Gresham family, which contains some handsome monuments to their ancestors and others." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Grisham family


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Grisham Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Grisham has undergone many spelling variations, including Gresham, Gressam and others.

Early Notables of the Grisham family (pre 1700)


Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Gresham (1495-1556), an English merchant, courtier and financier who worked for King Henry VIII of England, Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, Lord Mayor of London and founded Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk; Sir Richard Gresham (c.1485-1549), an English mercer, Merchant Adventurer, Lord...
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Migration of the Grisham family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Grisham were among those contributors:

Grisham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Grisham, aged 10, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Thomas Grisham, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Grisham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ivan Grisham, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1920
  • James Grisham, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Ivan Grisham, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Grisham (post 1700)


  • William E. Grisham, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 21st District, 1992; Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 122nd District, 2000 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Wayne Richard Grisham (1923-2011), American Republican politician,U.S. Representative from California 33rd District, 1979-83; Member of California State Assembly, 1985-89 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Terry Grisham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Richard B. Grisham (b. 1953), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives, 1981-88 (151st District 1981-82, 145th District 1983-88); Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1988; Director [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Renee Grisham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Lin Grisham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jack Loyd Grisham, American politician, Independent Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Christopher J. "C.J." Grisham (b. 1974), American retired U.S. Army First Sergeant and military blogger
  • Jim Grisham, former American college football fullback and linebacker who played at the University of Oklahoma from 1961 to 1964
  • Jack Grisham (b. 1961), American rock musician, raconteur and political activist, vocalist for the punk band T.S.O.L
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Citations


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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