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  • Ada Grimes (1877 - 1958)
    Birth: Dec. 5, 1877 Death: Jan. 10, 1958 Burial: Beulah Cemetery Sumter County Alabama, USA Maintained by: Jimbo Roberson Originally Created by: Vernon McElroy Record added: Sep 28, 2001 Find...
  • Alexander Grimes (1790 - 1860)
  • Alma Lanore Kennedy (1890 - 1973)
    Birth: Nov. 17, 1890 Death: Sep. 23, 1973 Family links: Spouse: Carl J Kennedy (1888 - 1976) Burial: Refuge Cemetery Red Hill (Elmore County) Elmore County Alabama, USA Created by: Mary...
  • Ann Wortham (c.1707 - d.)
  • Dorcas Grimes (1765 - 1850)
    PIKE COUNTY HISTORY: "Spring Hill is a small community on Highway 87 about seven miles south of Troy. It was about the year 1814 when the first white people emigrated from the Carolinas to settle ...

About the Grimes surname


The name of Grimes or Grymes is believed to be of Scandinavian origin and to have been derived from the ancient Anglo-Saxon baptismal name of Grim, being adopted as a surname by the sons of one so called. It is found in Ancient British and early American records in the various spellings of Grim, Grims, Gryms, Gryme, Grime, Grymes, Grimes and others, of which the form last mentioned is most generally used in America today.

Families of this name were to be found at early dates in the English counties of Cambridge, Norfolk, Surrey, York, Warwick, Chester, and London. Records indicate that they were, for the most part, of the landed gentry of Great Britain.

old scandinavian(viking) personal name GRIMR (websters)

meaning :-'Grimr' is another word for Odin (??din) n.the principal god of pagan Scandinavia, associated esp. with warfare and magically acquired knowledge. [< ON athinn; c. OE W?den, OS Woden, OHG Wuotan; cf. WODEN] also conected to grim (grim) adj., grim?mer, grim?mest 1. stern and admitting of no compromise; harsh; unyielding: grim determination. 2. of a sinister or ghastly character: a grim joke. 3. having a harsh, surly, forbidding, or morbid air: a grim countenance. 4. fierce, savage, or cruel: War is a grim business. 5. Informal. unpleasant. [bef. 900; ME, OE; c. OS, OHG grimm, ON grimmr]? grim?ly adv.? grim?ness n. (websters)

see also "The Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names" by A.D.Mills and it's references on 'Grimsargh','Grimsby','Grimscote','Grimsthorpe' and 'Grimton'.

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