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Grimes Name Meaning

English: variant of Grim with post-medieval excrescent -s. Irish: adopted occasionally in Ireland for Gormley and even Houlihan .

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

Similar surnames: Grills, Imes, Grime, Grymes, Glines, Rimes, Haimes, Griggs, Groomes

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Where is the Grimes family from?

You can see how Grimes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grimes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grimes families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 61 Grimes families living in Quebec. This was about 35% of all the recorded Grimes's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Grimes families in 1911.
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What did your Grimes ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Grimes. 42% of Grimes men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Grimes women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grimes were Cultivateur and Mnagre. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Cultivateur

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • House Maid
  • Income
  • Mnagre
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Census Records

There are 261,000 census records available for the last name Grimes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grimes 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Grimes. 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 54,000 military records available for the last name Grimes. For the veterans among your Grimes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grimes lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Grimes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Grimes in 1940 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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