Welcome to the Website on the English Family of Grimshaw!
A Grimshaw coat of arms from about 1567 is shown above. A description is provided further down on this webpage..
Please note: After a long period of inactivity, the Grimshaw Origins website is being developed again, starting in August 2020! Because of other life priorities, little has changed since 2016. You will notice a number of “irregularities” as the website is modified and upgraded. Please be patient!
The Grimshaw surname originated in Lancashire in the northern part of England, apparently around 1000 A.D. There appear to be few records of Grimshaw family lines for the first 200 to 250 years. It is highly probable that the family’s roots are connected to the town of Grimsargh, which is a short distance northeast of Preston. The earliest recorded Grimshaw so far was Gilbert, father of William Grimshaw, who held the Manor of Grimsargh in thenage in 1242.
The Grimshaw surname originated near Preston, which is in northern England. Preston’s location (indicated by the orange circle) is shown in relation to Liverpool, Manchester, Blackburn and Leeds, all of which were important in Grimshaw family history. Map source: Bing Maps.
This website seeks to tell portions of the “Grimshaw story”. A few highlights are presented on this homepage. There are a total of more than 370 webpages on this website covering various aspects of the Grimshaw story. More information on this Grimshaw Origins website may be found on a companion webpage, “About This Website”. The search tool in the upper right corner of each page may help find a specific person or topic of interest. The tool is also shown below for convenience.
The “Grimshaw Origins” website was started in mid-2000 to make the results of research into the beginnings and development of the Grimshaw family widely available. Its main objective is to collect, organize and post information for the benefit of Grimshaw researchers everywhere. Development of the Grimshaw Origins website is a hobby of the author, who receives no monetary compensation for the effort. The website is maintained and expanded as information becomes available.
Most of the webpages are still in preparation in order to post a webpage as soon as possible after any information is obtained on the individual, family, or topic becomes available. The webpage is then completed later when more details (or time) permit. It should be noted that even when a webpage no longer has the “In Preparation” notation, it will continue to be upgraded as more information becomes available. Progress on website development is posted on a “Whats New” webpage. A Grimshaw Origins site on Facebook also provides information on the Grimshaws as well as updates on website development.
The author of this website is an American Grimshaw whose research in his own origins grew into a larger range of interests in the entire Grimshaw family line. More information on the author may be found on a companion webpage.
How to Make Contributions of Information
One of the main ways that the interesting story of the Grimshaws is being assembled is through the generous contribution of information and images from many sources, mostly be emails. The website author is deeply indebted to each of these contributors. A “hall of fame” for website contributors is being prepared on a companion webpage.
Would you like to add Grimshaw information to this website? If so, please send an email to the website author at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Major Grimshaw Topics
Many branches have emerged in the Grimshaw family in the decades and centuries after its origination. A number of Grimshaws participated in the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, which got its start in cotton weaving in this part of Lancashire. Many Grimshaw descendants contributed to the waves of emigration to the New World and other parts of the globe. Numerous fields in the arts and sciences – and the spiritual realm – have benefited from the talents of Grimshaw descendants, including evangelism, painting, history, engineering, and entomology.
The six topics shown below are generally of greatest interest to Grimshaw researchers. Click on on the ones that interest you for more information on various aspects of Grimshaw origins and history.
Each of these webpages contains links to other specific webpages on the topic.
Highlights of the Grimshaws and Their History
As noted above, this homepage introduces some of the most significant or interesting aspects of the origins and history of the Grimshaw family. More detail on the following topics can be found further down on this homepage. Additional information may then be found by using links in each topic.
The name “Grimshaw” probably started about the time surnames were beginning to be used in England. As noted above, the first Grimshaws apparently lived in an area near the present community of Grimsargh, which is located a few miles northeast of Preston and northwest of Blackburn in Lancashire. Two of the earliest Grimshaws — both with the first name Walter — were apparently contemporaries (mid 1200s) but lived at different locations. One of the Walter Grimshaws was located at Eccleshill southeast of Blackburn, and the other was at Edisford, near Clitheroe (northeast of Blackburn). Many descendants of Walter Grimshaw of Eccleshill have been recorded, but none have yet been found for Walter Grimshaw of Edisford.
Detailed map of area around Preston and Blackburn showing the location of Grimsargh northeast of Preston. Other locations of importance to the family history (Clitheroe, Grimshaw Location, Clayton-le-Moors) are also indicated. Map source: Bing Maps.