Grimsey

Grimsey
Recorded in several spelling forms including Grimcy, Grimsey, Grimsley, Grimsy and Grimsie, this is a surname which is generally accepted as being of English origins. It is clearly locational, although no such place appears to be recorded in any of the known (surname) spellings in England. The only near spelling is Grimsay, an island in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. However if this island is the spiritual home of the surname, we have not been able to establish any conclusive Scottish recordings, all early recordings being found in England. In our opinion the surname is a development of the village name of Grimley, in Worcestershire, or it is from a now lost village. Grimley, recorded as "Grimanlea" in the famous Domesday Book of England for the year 1086, has the meaning of "Grima's farm", from Old English pre 7th century personal name "Grima", meaning a mask or a masked person, or even a ghost! As such it was originally a byname bestowed on male children to secure the protection of the gods at a time when the fear of the supernatural was at its height. The Old English word "leah", can describe a wood or a clearing in a wood, or even a farm, whilst the "eg" now "ey" in the modern surname, if it is not a development of "leah", may refer to an island. Early examples of the name recording taken from early surviving church registers of the post medieval period include: Frauncis, the daughter of John Grimesley, christened at Upton on Severn on September 27th 1563, Mary Grymsey who married Robert Bossock at St. James church, Clerkenwell, in the city of London, on June 7th 1612, and Robert Grimsey, who married Elizabeth Buffitt on November 11th 1759, at St Giles Cripplegate, also in the city of London.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Grímsey — is a small island convert|40|km|mi|0|lk=on north of Iceland, situated directly on the Arctic Circle, with the highest elevation of convert|105|m|ft|0|lk=on. The closest piece of land is the island of Flatey in Skjálfandi, convert|39.4|km|mi|1 to… …   Wikipedia

  • Grimsey — Grímsey  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Grimsay ou Graemsay. Grímsey Géographie Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Grímsey — Gewässer Grönlandsee Geographische Lage …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Grímsey — es una pequeña isla 40 km. al norte de Islandia, situada en el círculo ártico, en las coordenadas 66°33 17 N, 018°01 03 W, cuyo punto más elevado se encuentra a una altitud de 105 metros. El círculo polar ártico atraviesa la isla. La tierra… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Grimsey — Grimsey, kleine dan. Insel im N. von Island, ist von ca. 90 Menschen bewohnt, die durch das lebensgefährliche Einsammeln von Möweneiern und Fischfang ihren kärglichen Unterhalt finden. Bäume gibt es nicht (als Nutzholz und Brennmaterial dient… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Grimsey — Grimsey, dän. Insel im N. von Island, unter dem Polarkreise, etwa 90 E …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Grimsey — Landgemeinde Grímsey (Grímseyjarhreppur) Basisdaten Staat: Island Region: Norðurland eystra Wahlkreis: Norðausturkjördæmi …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Grímsey —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Grimsay ni Graemsay. Grímsey Géographie Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Grímsey — Vista de la isla. Grímsey es una pequeña isla, situada 40 km al norte de Islandia, situada en el círculo ártico, cuyo punto más elevado se encuentra a una altitud de 105 metros. El círculo polar ártico atraviesa la isla. La tierra emergida más… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Grímsey — Sp Grimsėjus Ap Grímsey L s. Hunafloujo įl. ir g tė Islandijoje …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė