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The surname Grist is a name of ancient French origin. It was a Breton name given to a person with gray hair. The name Grist is derived from the Old French word "gris," which means "gray," and was often given to someone with gray hair.

Grist Early Origins



The surname Grist was first found in Brittany where this distinguished family held a family seat at Motte, and were prominent members of the aristocracy.

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Grist Spelling Variations


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Grist Spelling Variations



There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Gris, Griss, Grix, LeGris, Legris, Legriss and many more.

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Grist Early History


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Grist Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grist research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 178 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Grist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grist Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grist Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Grist Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Grist has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Grist were

Grist Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Grist, who landed in Maryland in 1666
  • Henry Grist, who arrived in Maryland in 1667

Grist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mare Grist, aged 80, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Grist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • August Grist, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Grist Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary A. Grist, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Mary A Grist, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • Emily Grist, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grist (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grist (post 1700)



  • Joseph Grist, American politician, Mayor of Rockville, Connecticut, 1922
  • Joe T. Grist Jr., American Democrat politician,Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1996; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Mississippi 1st District, 2000; Member of Mississippi State House of Representatives 23rd District, 2001

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    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    3. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Grist Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grist 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 22 July 2016 at 13:23.

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