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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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The surname Grissom 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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grissom 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 Grissom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Grissom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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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  • Pamela L. Grissom, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2012
  • O. M. Grissom, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1912
  • Gilliam Grissom, American Republican politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for North Carolina, 1932; Candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1936; Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 6th District, 1940
  • Eugene Grissom, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Granville County, 1862-65
  • Ernest Grissom, American politician, Mayor of Abilene, Texas, 1951-53
  • Lieutenant Colonel (USAF) Virgil Ivan Grissom (1926-1967), one of the original seven American Mercury astronauts and the command pilot in the Apollo 1 capsule fire on January 27, 1967
  • David Grissom, American session guitarist
  • Steve Grissom (b. 1963), NASCAR Busch Series driver and the 1993 Busch Series champion
  • Marv Grissom (1918-2005), former pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Marquis Grissom (b. 1967), former Major League Baseball player
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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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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.

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