World Population of Grimshaws

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Most of the living Grimshaws are in England where the name originated. Halberts1 (1999, p. 6.2-6.3) published an estimate of about 18,000 persons with the surname Grimshaw, living in about 5,400 households, in the world (see table below). Almost three-fourths (74%) are in England, and nearly all of the rest are in the former British colonies of the U.S., Australia and Canada. Only about two percent live elsewhere in the world.

The distribution of Grimshaw Population in the World is shown below:


Population

%

Households

Great Britain

13,355

74.1%

3,816

United States

2,471

13.7%

802

Australia

1,034

5.7%

336

Canada

748

4.2%

243

New Zealand

132

0.7%

43

South Africa

98

0.5%

25

Northern
Ireland

68

0.4%

19

Channel
Islands

NI1

16

France

38

0.2%

11

Isle of Man

NI

11

Ireland

NI

9

Germany

33

0.2%

9

Italy

20

0.1%

6

Switzerland

18

0.1%

5

Total

18,015

5,351


 

 

1

 

NI = Not indicated

About 18% of the living population of Grimshaws (over 3,200 individuals) reside in North America (U.S., 2471; Canada, 748). The ancestors of these Grimshaws apparently migrated to North America as many different Grimshaw individuals and families over a long period extending at least back to the mid-1600s and continuing well into the 20th century.

Halberts1 also published an “International Registry” of Grimshaws, which includes entries of individual Grimshaws, grouped by state or
province (or other sub-national political subdivision). Although a cursory review of the data indicates substantial problems, it may be used as a general indicator of the distribution of Grimshaws in the U.S. and Canada.

The table below shows the indicated number of Grimshaws in each state and province. The data include about 774 Grimshaws in the U.S. and 243 in Canada, compared to a total estimated population of 2,471 and 748, respectively, indicated in the table above. The “capture rate” of the “International Registry” database (including duplicate entries) is thus just over 30% for both countries.

The number of Grimshaws in States and Provinces Included in Halberts “International Registry” is shown below.


United States:

Canada:

CA

82

OK

16

AK

4

ON

167

FL

60

AZ

14

KS

4

BC

45

NY

51

CO

14

HI

3

AL

12

MI

49

LA

14

IA

3

MB

10

CT

43

VA

12

IN

3

PQ

7

MA

42

WI

12

NH

3

SA

2

OH

41

MD

11

ID

2

UT

32

NC

10

WV

2

MO

31

SD

10

AL

1

IL

30

ME

9

AR

1

TX

28

KY

8

DE

1

NJ

24

NV

7

MN

1

RI

21

MT

6

ND

1

PA

20

NE

6

TN

1

WA

18

SC

5

WY

1

GA

17

Total U.S.

774

Total
Canada: 243


Notwithstanding the rather highly mobile societies in the U.S. and Canada, it is highly likely that the distribution of Grimshaws in these two countries reflects to some degree the place of entry and settlement patterns of the original Grimshaw immigrants.

References:

1Halberts Family Heritage, 1999, The New World Book of Grimshaws: Bath, OH, Halberts Family Heritage, 187 p.