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."
Early Origins of the Grizzard family
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.
Early History of the Grizzard family
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Grizzard Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Grice, Gryce, Gryse, Grise, Grisewood, DeGrice, Grycie and many more.
Early Notables of the Grizzard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grizzard family to Ireland
Some of the Grizzard family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Grizzard family to the New World and Oceana
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.
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