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Grant Name Meaning

Irish English and especially Scottish (of Norman origin): nickname from Anglo-Norman French graund graunt ‘tall large’ (Old French grand grant from Latin grandis) given either to a person of remarkable size or else in a relative way to distinguish two bearers of the same personal name often representatives of different generations within the same family. English: from the rare Middle English (and Old English) personal name Grante or Grente. Irish: in Ireland this is usually the Norman Scottish name (see 1 above) but it was also adopted for Irish Mag Raighne see Graney . French: variant of Grand 1 ‘tall large’ (see also 1 above). American shortened and altered form of French Lagrandeur: soldier's name from la grandeur ‘(the) size/height; greatness’. Probably also an altered form of German Grandt or Grand .7: African American: adoption of the surname in 1 above in honor of Ulysses S. Grant a general commanding the US Army in winning the American Civil War who later served as the 18th president of the US.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Gant, Grand, Granat, Grass, Gast, Great, Grande, Graft, Grandt, Grist

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You can see how Grant families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grant family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grant families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2,783 Grant families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Grant's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Grant families in 1911.
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What did your Grant ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Grant. 32% of Grant men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Grant women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grant were Clerk and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Student
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Passenger Lists

There are 202,000 immigration records available for the last name Grant. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 191,000 military records available for the last name Grant. For the veterans among your Grant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grant lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Grant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Grant in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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