Show ContentsGrizzle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Grizzle 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." [1]

While this etymology is typical, we must take the time to point out the Norman origin which is just as likely as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Richard de Grisy, as holding lands there in 1180. [2]

Early Origins of the Grizzle family

The surname Grizzle 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.

The parish of St. Mawes in Cornwall has an interesting entry. One source asserts that the lands of St. Mawes including the castle "was first given to Sir Robert Le Grice, a Spaniard, by whose son, in the reign of Elizabeth, it was sold to Hannibal Vyvyan, Esq. of Trelowarren." [3]

Early History of the Grizzle family

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Grizzle Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Grizzle family (pre 1700)

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Grizzle Ranking

In the United States, the name Grizzle is the 6,543rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Grizzle family to Ireland

Some of the Grizzle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Grizzle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grizzle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Grizzle, aged 22, who landed in America from Springfield, Jamaica, in 1913
  • Rasalin Grizzle, aged 24, who settled in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1913
  • Theodore Grizzle, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Panama, in 1913
  • Lionel Grizzle, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1915

Contemporary Notables of the name Grizzle (post 1700) +

  • Trevor Lloyd Grizzle (b. 1947), American Professor of New Testament Studies at Oral Roberts University
  • Stanley George Sinclair Grizzle CM, O.Ont (1918-2016), Canadian citizenship judge, soldier, political candidate and civil rights and labour union activist

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. 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)
  3. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook