The surname Grantham is of Scottish descent.It is a habitational name derived from Grantham in Lincolnshire;of uncertain etymology.The final element of the name is Old English ‘ham’ homestead,the first may be Old English ‘grand’ gravel;or perhaps a personal name Granta,which probably originated as a byname for a ‘snarler’The name comes to signify ‘dweller at the grey land or enclosure’.The first of the Grahams in Scotland was William de Graham.A Norman,he took with him the Norman form of his surname which was Grantham.The name evovled through many forms including,Grandham,Granham and Graym;until we reach the modern form of the surname Graham.The name dates to the twelfth century and William de Graham,holder of the manor in Lincolnshire,from whom many if not all modern bearers are probably descended.The surname Graham is now most common in Scotland and Northern Ireland,and is considered one of the most Scottish of surnames.The name was taken to America by Scottish immigrants.One of the first forefathers to bring this name to America is that of a Daniel Graham,a clock maker,who came to Americ… Coat of arms: Or, a lion rampant azure between three roses gul…
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