Grant Family History
Grant Name Meaning
Irish English and especially Scottish (of Norman origin): nickname from Anglo-Norman French graund graunt ‘tall large’ (Old French grand grant from Latin grandis) given either to a person of remarkable size or else in a relative way to distinguish two bearers of the same personal name often representatives of different generations within the same family. English: from the rare Middle English (and Old English) personal name Grante or Grente. Irish: in Ireland this is usually the Norman Scottish name (see 1 above) but it was also adopted for Irish Mag Raighne see Graney . French: variant of Grand 1 ‘tall large’ (see also 1 above). American shortened and altered form of French Lagrandeur: soldier's name from la grandeur ‘(the) size/height; greatness’. Probably also an altered form of German Grandt or Grand .7: African American: adoption of the surname in 1 above in honor of Ulysses S. Grant a general commanding the US Army in winning the American Civil War who later served as the 18th president of the US.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press