Grimshaw Family History

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Grimshaw Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places in Lancashire, named Grimshaw, from the Old Norse personal name Grímr (see Grime) or Old English grima ‘specter’, ‘goblin’ + Old English sceaga ‘copse’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Grimstad, Renshaw, Grimley, Henshaw, Crawshaw, Redshaw, Grimsrud

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Grimshaw Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Grimshaw name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Grimshaw. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Grimshaw Family Origin

Where is the Grimshaw family from?

Grimshaw Family Occupations

What did your Grimshaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Grimshaw family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Weaver were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Grimshaw. The most common Grimshaw occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Grimshaw's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Weaver

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Grimshaw ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Grimshaw Historical Records

What Grimshaw family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 82,000 census records available for the last name Grimshaw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grimshaw census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Grimshaw. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Grimshaw. For the veterans among your Grimshaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Grimshaw Life Expectancy

What is the average Grimshaw lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Grimshaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Grimshaw in 1950 was 61, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Grimshaw ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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