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Grim Family History

Grim Name Meaning

Dutch and German variant of Grimm . English: from the Middle English personal name Grim (Old Norse Grímr originally an epithet of the god Óthinn with the meaning ‘masked person’ or ‘shape-changer’). The name may have been bestowed on male children in an attempt to secure the protection of the god. English: alternatively a nickname from Middle English grim ‘fierce grim’ (compare Grimm ). Scottish: variant of Graham .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Grimm, Prim, Grime, Trim, Grill, Gram, Prime, Crim, Krim, Grine

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Where is the Grim family from?

You can see how Grim families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grim family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grim families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 9 Grim families living in British Columbia. This was about 41% of all the recorded Grim's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Grim families in 1911.
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What did your Grim ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Florist was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Grim. 100% of Grim men worked as a Florist. .

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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

  • Florist
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Census Records

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Grim. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grim census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Grim. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Grim. For the veterans among your Grim ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grim lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Grim life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Grim in 1940 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

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