Griswold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Griswold family

The surname Griswold was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1381 when Roger Grysewold held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Griswold family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griswold research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1100, 1167, 1195, 1563, 1455, 1487 and 1535 are included under the topic Early Griswold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Griswold Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Griswold, Griswood, Griswald, Griswoll, Griswall, Grisweld, Greswold, Greswald, Griswould and many more.

Early Notables of the Griswold family (pre 1700)

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United States Griswold migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Griswold Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Griswold, who was on record in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Francis Griswold, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]
  • Matthew Griswold, who settled in Connecticut in 1639
  • Edward Griswold, who settled in Connecticut in 1639
  • Edward Griswold, who landed in Connecticut in 1639 [1]
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Griswold Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Griswold, an English convict sent to America in 1744
Griswold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Griswold, aged 43, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Ann Griswold, who arrived in New York, NY in 1821
  • G G Griswold, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • J W Griswold, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • F L Griswold, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Griswold migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Griswold Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Seth Griswold U.E. who settled in Queensbury, York County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Griswold (post 1700) +

  • Hattie Tyng Griswold (1842-1909), née Tyng, an American author and poet from Massachusetts
  • Lieutenant-General Oscar Woolverton Griswold (1886-1959), American Commanding General 3rd Army (1947) [3]
  • Lieutenant-General Francis Hopkins Griswold (1904-1989), American Commandant of the National War College, D.C (1961) [4]
  • Erwin Nathaniel Griswold, prominent American lawyer, served as Solicitor General of the United States (1967-1973)
  • Alexander Viets Griswold (1766-1843), American Bishop of the Eastern Diocese
  • Matthew Griswold (1714-1799), American Governor of Connecticut, born in Lyme, Connecticut
  • Charles Griswold, American politician, U.S. Consul in Manila, 1856-67 [5]
  • Byron H. Griswold, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury; Elected 1916 [5]
  • Ashbel Griswold (1784-1853), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Meriden, 1820, 1826, 1828, 1831; Member of Connecticut State Senate 6th District, 1833 [5]
  • Arthur H. Griswold, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wethersfield; Elected 1904 [5]
  • ... (Another 81 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Mildred  Griswold (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Master Alfred Griswold (1913-1917), Jr., Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mr. Fred  Griswold (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mr. Alfred  Griswold (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mrs. May  Griswold (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]


Suggested Readings for the name Griswold +

  • 2883 "The Griswold Family, England-America: Edward of Windsor, Connecticut, Matthew of Lyme, Connecticut, Michael of Wethersfield, Connecticut" by Glenn E. Griswold, "The Griswold Family: The First Five Generations in America" by Esther Griswold French.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Oscar Griswold. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Griswold/Oscar_Woolverton/USA.html
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Francis Griswold. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Griswold/Francis_Hopkins/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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