Show ContentsGrounds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Grounds family

The surname Grounds was first found in Yorkshire where Aicusa filia Grundi, who was recorded in 1204. [1]

However, we did find and older listing of the name, but in its Latin form: Gundrea, mater Rogeri de Moubraie, 1138, called by Young the historian of Whitby, 'Gundrey Moiwbray.' [2]

In Scotland, Robert Grundy de Neuton, Roxburghshire, rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296, and Adam Grondy was juror on inquisition made at Roxburgh, 1303. [3]

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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Grounds Ranking

In the United States, the name Grounds is the 14,609th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Grounds migration to the United States +

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 [5]

Australia Grounds migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Grounds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

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

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook