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Origins of the Grant surname

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What does the name Grant mean?

The surname Grant is English and Scottish in origin, with two main hypothesised points of creation. Firstly, it is considered to be a nickname, deriving from the Old French 'grand' (large) and have been given to someone of large stature, being passed to their children. The second most common source of the Grant surname is a patronymic name, relating to those who descend from someone given the popular English medieval name 'Grant'.

Alternative variations of the name Grant

Grant, Grante, Crant, Graint, Grunt, Grants

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Where do most Grants live?

In 1921, most Grants lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Grants

How common is your surname?

124th most common surname in the UK

We have 255,000 records for the Grant surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Grants most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Grant first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Grants

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Grants in 1921


Domestic Servant






House Servant


Common Male occupations for Grants in 1921


Farm Servant


General Labourer




Coal Miner


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