The Grissett surname is thought to be derived from the Middle English word "grice," which is in turn from the Old French "gris," meaning "grey." It was most likely originally a nickname
for a grey-haired man. Although, there was also a Middle English word "grise," which meant "pig."
Early Origins of the Grissett family
The surname Grissett was first found in Norfolk
where conjecturally they were, in 1066, Lords of the Manor of Brockdish, the King's land, whose feudal
Lord was William de Noyers, Count of Nevers seated originally at Poitevin and St-Cyr de Nevers in Normandy
. Sir William also held Grayhurst Manor through Bishop Odo from King William of Normandy. From this family also descend the Lords Monson and Viscounts Castlemaine. The original estates were sold in 1327. The village now consists of a church, St.Edmunds, which has both Saxon and Norman windows, obviously predating the Norman Conquest
by many years.
Early History of the Grissett family
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Grissett Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Grice, Gryce, Gryse, Grise, Grisewood, DeGrice, Grycie and many more.
Early Notables of the Grissett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grissett family to Ireland
Some of the Grissett family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Grissett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Grissett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Grissett, who landed in Texas in 1835 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Grissett (post 1700)
- Danny Grissett (b. 1975), American jazz pianist, keyboardist, and composer