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Where did the English Grundy family come from? What is the English Grundy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Grundy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Grundy family history?

The name Grundy has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived 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.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Grundy include Grundy, Grundie, Ground, Grounds, Groundey and others.

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 in 1204.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grundy research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1711, 1729, 1782, 1843, 1824 and 1873 are included under the topic Early Grundy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grundy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Grundy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Grundy, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Grundy, who came to Barbados in 1681

Grundy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Grundy, who was naturalized in Norfolk, Virginia in 1793

Grundy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Grundy, who arrived in New York in 1811
  • Samuel Grundy, who immigrated to New York in 1820
  • Edmund Grundy, who took an oath of allegiance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Hamer Grundy, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Grundy, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Stoke on Trent, in 1892

Grundy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles George Grundy, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Albert Vincent Grundy, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • Alice Grundy, aged 39, who settled in America from Westhonghton, England, in 1908
  • Annie Grundy, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Hurst, England, in 1910
  • Clarence Grundy, aged 10, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910

Grundy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Oswell Grundy, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Grundy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Grundy, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Grundy, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • William Grundy, aged 21, a tinsmith, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

Grundy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Grundy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • William Grundy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883


  • Stephan Scott Grundy (b. 1967), American author, best known for his modern sagas
  • Joseph Ridgway Grundy (1863-1961), American textile manufacturer and politician, United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1929-1930)
  • Felix Grundy (1775-1840), American politician, 13th United States Attorney General (1838-1840)
  • Mr. George Grundy, English Leading Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Sydney Grundy (1848-1914), English dramatist
  • Reginald Roy "Reg" Grundy AC, OBE (b. 1923), Australian entrepreneur, media and television mogul
  • Bill Grundy (1923-1993), British television presenter and former host of Today
  • Sir Edward Grundy, Air Marshall
  • Tim Grundy (1958-2009), British radio and television presenter


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The Grundy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grundy 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.

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