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Grimstead Name Meaning

habitational name from Grimstead in Wiltshire, probably so named from Old English grene ‘green’ + ham-stede ‘homestead’. variant of Grinstead.

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


Similar surnames: Grinstead, Grimstad, Grimley, Winstead, Umstead, Ramstad, Grimsrud

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Where is the Grimstead family from?

You can see how Grimstead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grimstead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grimstead families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Grimstead families living in Virginia. This was about 70% of all the recorded Grimstead's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Grimstead families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grimstead surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Grimstead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grimstead. 29% of Grimstead men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Grimstead women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grimstead were Farming and Saleslady.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    29%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Farming
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • House Wife
    18%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Saleslady
    8%
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What Grimstead family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Grimstead. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grimstead census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 582 immigration records available for the last name Grimstead. 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 Cards

There are 815 military records available for the last name Grimstead. For the veterans among your Grimstead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grimstead lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Grimstead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Grimstead in 1952 was 34, and 69 in 2004.

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