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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.

Grisham Early Origins



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.

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Grisham Spelling Variations


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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.

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Grisham Early History


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Grisham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grisham research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1776, 1549, 1495, 1556, 1485, 1549, 1519, 1579, 1627, 1696, 1649, 1709, 1660, 1718 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Grisham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grisham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grisham Early Notables (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...

Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grisham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grisham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grisham (post 1700)



  • Wayne Richard Grisham (1923-2011), American Republican politician,U.S. Representative from California 33rd District, 1979-83; Member of California State Assembly, 1985-89
  • 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
  • Terry Grisham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • 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
  • Lin Grisham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912
  • Renee Grisham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008
  • Jack Loyd Grisham, American politician, Independent Candidate for Governor of California, 2003
  • 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
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Grisham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grisham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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