The origin of the surname Grantham is uncertain, although it is said to probably be Old English, meaning “grand.” The surname had its beginning with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. “Granta+ham” meaning “Granta’s Village” appeared as early as 1086 in the Domesday Book in its present form.
Grantham, is a town located in the County of Lincolnshire. The first documented Grantham families can be found there where they were said to have held a family seat from very ancient times – some researchers say well before the Norman Conquest.
Our Grantham family research focuses on:
- Edward Grantham (1643-1704) and wife Elizabeth – Known as Old Edward – plantation owner near Jamestown, Virginia
- Edward Grantham II (1686-1768) and wife Katherine Proctor – settlers near the Neuse River in North Carolina
- John Grantham (1725-abt 1781) and wife Ann Brown
- William Grantham (1753-1800) and wife Rhonda
- William M. Grantham (1783-1863) and wife Susannah Richardson
- Jesse Richardson Grantham (1833-1904) and wife Susan Adeline Parks – Texas pioneer
- Hillard Cisero Grantham (1854-1939) and wife Margaret Dickson
- George Washington Grantham (1877-1954) and wife Beulah Viola Rogers
- Vira Lorene Grantham (1919-2009) and husband Thomas Orville Atwood