Grumley Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Grumley Origin:


Origins of Grumley:

According to the early recordings of the spellings of the name, this interesting and unique name was listed as Grimley, Grimlee, Grimbly, Gremley, Grymley, Grymly, Gromley, and Grumley, this is an English surname. It is locational from a place called Grimley in the division of Worcestershire, and noted as “Grimanleh” in the famous Domesday Book of 1086. The placename acquires from the pre 7th century particular name and means “Grima’s farm”. Locational surnames are usually “from” names. That is to say, names given as easy classification to people who had departed from their original hamlets and shifted to any other place. Spelling being at best unusual and local dilaects very thick often lead to the advancement of “sounds like” spellings. In this example, recordings of the surname from different remaining parish records contain Margarett Grimley, who was named in January 1581, at Harborough Magna, Warwickshire, Morgan Grumley who married Rose Hewett at St Margarets Westminster, in June 1656, in the “reign” of Olver Cromwell, and Sarah Gromley who married John Beckham in the parish of St Clement Danes, Westminster, in September 1799. Surnames became necessary when governments started personal taxation. In England, this known as Poll Tax. All over the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. Many variations of the name Grumley have been found, including as Grimley, Grimly, Grimleigh, Grimlie, Grymley and much more.


More common variations are: Gruhmley, Graumley, Grumly, Grmley, Grimley, Gormley, Crumley, Gromley, Gramley, Gremley.


The surname Grumley first appeared in Worcestershire at Grimley, a hamlet and local church, now in the Malvern Hills District, originally in the union of Martley, Lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow. An old Saxon stronghold, the first listing of the place name was in the 9th century when it noted as Grimanleage. By the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name had developed to Grimanleh and consisted of a mill and one-half of a fishery of eels. The place name literally means “wood or glade haunted by a spirit or fairy,” from the Old English words “grima” and “leah.”


Many of the people with surname Grumley had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Some of the people with the surname Grumley who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included William Grumley at the age of 37, arrived in Missouri in the year 1845.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Grumley: United States 254; Australia 251; Ireland 55; England 48; Canada 11; New Zealand 7; Northern Ireland 2; United Arab Emirates 2; Thailand 1; Oman 1.

Notable People:

Michael Grumley (1942–1988) was an American author and artist. He was born in Bettendorf, Iowa. He got a B.S. Degree with a major in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in June 1964. He was a founding member of The Violet Quill. His partner, another founding member of the Quill, was Robert Ferro. He composed a regularly appearing column Uptown for the New York Native. Following their deaths, the Ferro-Grumley Foundation, which distributes their estate, formed and organized the annual Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT fiction in conjunction with Publishing Triangle.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Reg. Ulster’s Office). Ar. on a fess cotised az. betw. three pelicans ppr. a mural crown or.
2) (Ireland). Vert a bend or, betw. two anchors ar. Crest—A vine branch ppr.

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