Grounds is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from Gundred and variants such as Grundy and Gundreda. The personal name Gundred
is an old Germanic name which meant "battle ruler," and became common in England
in the centuries following the Norman Conquest
as a new wave of immigration from continental Europe swept England
. Over time it has dwindled in popularity and today it is almost unheard of.
Early Origins of the Grounds family
The surname Grounds was first found in North England
, where the family held a family seat
from ancient times. The earliest known bearer of the name was Aicusa filia Grundi, who was recorded in Yorkshire
Early History of the Grounds family
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Grounds Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Grounds has been recorded under many different variations, including Grundy, Grundie, Ground, Grounds, Groundey and others.
Early Notables of the Grounds family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grounds family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Grounds or a variant listed above:
Grounds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Grounds, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Grounds (post 1700)
- Vernon Carl Grounds (1914-2010), American theologian, Christian educator, Chancellor of Denver Seminary
- Jonathan Martin Grounds (b. 1988), English footballer who plays for Birmingham City
- William Grounds (1874-1958), New Zealand politician, Member of the New Zealand Legislative Council from 1940 to 1947
- Arthur Edwin Ernest Grounds (1898-1951), Australian politician, Member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Launceston (1950-1951); upon his death his widow succeeded his position
- Lucy Margaret Grounds (1908-1987), Australian politician, second woman to sit in the Tasmanian Legislative Council, Member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Launceston (1951-1958)
- Sir Roy Burman Grounds (1905-1981), Australian architects of the modern movement, awarded the RAIA Gold Medal in 1968 and knighted in 1969