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Where did the English Grissom family come from? What is the English Grissom family crest and coat of arms? When did the Grissom family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Grissom family history?

The name Grissom has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Gresham in the county of Norfolk.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Grissom have been found, including Gresham, Gressam and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grissom research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1495, 1556, 1485, 1549, 1519, 1579, 1627, 1696, 1649, 1709, 1660, 1718 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Grissom History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 233 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grissom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Grissom, or a variant listed above:

Grissom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Grissom, who arrived in New Haven, Conn in 1646

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The Grissom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grissom 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.

This page was last modified on 6 May 2014 at 08:31.

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