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The Grizzard 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."

Grizzard Early Origins



The surname Grizzard 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.

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Grizzard Spelling Variations


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Grizzard Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Grice, Gryce, Gryse, Grise, Grisewood, DeGrice, Grycie and many more.

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Grizzard Early History


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Grizzard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grizzard research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1555 is included under the topic Early Grizzard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grizzard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grizzard Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Grizzard In Ireland


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Grizzard In Ireland



Some of the Grizzard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Grice, who was on record in Braintree, Massachussetts in 1651; Thomas Grice, who came to Virginia in 1665; Arthur Grice, who arrived in Virginia in 1683.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grizzard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grizzard (post 1700)



  • Herman Grizzard (b. 1971), American radio disc jockey
  • Frank E. Grizzard Jr. (b. 1954), American historian, writer, and documentary editor
  • Roderick DeWyane "Rod" Grizzard (b. 1980), American professional basketball player
  • George Cooper Grizzard Jr. (1928-2007), American Emmy Award and Tony award-winning actor of film and stage
  • Lewis McDonald Grizzard Jr. (1946-1994), American writer and humorist, known for his commentary on the American South

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Grizzard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grizzard 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 23 November 2015 at 08:12.

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