Welcome to the
Grindlay Single Name Study Project. The aim of this project is to
collate and document the application of the name Grindlay and subsequent variants throughout the world.
To date this site
provides access to a comprehensive global database; coat of arms;
document archive and
research forum. The database is compiled from primary and secondary
sources and is an on-going project maintained and co-ordinated by the
volunteer Project Administrator. The document archive was introduced
in 2008; it contains certificates, newspaper items and random
paperwork associated with the surname Grindlay/Grindley and
its various lineages.
2010 - The
database has recently been amended.
Posted by Administration Team, November 2010
2009 - Due to unforseen
health complications, the Project Administrator is taking an
enforced sabbatical. The good news is that the Grindlay
Single Name Study website shall remain online, albeit
in a sleeping capacity. The surname database will continue to receive occasional
updates although public submissions and the onsite forum have
been temporarily suspended; note that a new page has been added
providing alternative links for the Message Board, so that
contact amongst researchers may continue. We
sincerely apologise for any inconvenience but trust visitors
will appreciate the circumstances. We look forward to welcoming everyone back
in 2010. Till then, take care and please continue to
enjoy this website and all it has to offer.
Posted by Administration Team, November 2008
Anglo-Saxon; the surname Grindlay comes from the Old English words
'grene' and 'leah' which meant both the colour green and a section of village land that was open to free
grazing. The term 'grene' was also applied to the young denoting youth and vigour.
There are those who claim the proper spelling is 'ley' however,
the earliest recording of the name to date suggests that the name
originated in Scotland. In Scotland, it is predominately
spelt with an ending of 'lay'. Note that it was (and to
some degree still is) common for the the spelling to be alternated
within a single lifespan. For this reason, the project
has adopted the 'lay' spelling for the purpose of convenience.
Individuals appearing in the single name study database, who
have at some point been listed under an alternative spelling,
have the spelling variations listed in brackets.
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