Last Name GRANT


Meaning Nickname: Le grand, great, large. A sobriquet for one of big and broad proportions, a giant in size. This surname has ramified very strongly in Scotland. Also, 'the son of Grant.' No doubt the origin is the same. Either affixed to a very plump baby, or a sobriquet given later on to a very big boy, which sobriquet gradually ousted his baptismal name.
Swarthy, grey headed. The family are descended from one of the Clan McGregor, named Gregory, dicti Grant.
On this name Playfair remarks that it may be derived from the Saxon, Irish, or French. "In the Saxon, Grant signifies crooked or bowed. Thus Cambridge, the town and University in England so called, signifies a crooked bridge, or rather a bridge upon Cam River, or the crooked and winding river. " The Saxons called this town Grant Bridge, Cam in the British, and Grant in the Saxon, being of the same signification, crooked. "So 'Mons Gramphius,' the Grampian Hill, was called by the Saxons 'Gram Ben,' or the crooked hill, but we can not see how from this Saxon word the surname should be borrowed. In the old Irish, 'Grandha' signifies ugly, ill-favored. 'Grande' signifies dark or swarthy. 'Grant' and 'Ciar' signify much the same thing, or are synonymous words, and there being a tribe of the Grants called 'Clan Chiaran,' it is the same as 'Clan Grant.' Thus the surname might have been taken from a progenitor that was 'Chiar' or 'Grant,' that is to say, a swarthy or gray-headed man, and, though, in time, Grant became the common and prevailing surname, yet some always retained the other name, 'Chiaran,' and are called 'Clan Chiaran.' In the French Grand signifies great, brave, valorous, and from thence many are inclined to think that the surname Grant is taken from 'Grand,' which in, the Irish is sounded short, and thereby the letter 'd' at the end of the word is changed into 't,' and thus Grand into Grant. The surname, it seems, was thus understood in England about six hundred years ago, for Richard Grant was made Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 1229, and is, in Mr. Anderson's Genealogical Tables, as well as by others, expressly called Richard Grant. But the English historians of that time, writing in Latin, call him Richardus Magnus, which plainly shows that they took Grant to be the same with the French Grand, and the Latin Magnus. To which let us add, that in the old writs, the article the is put before the surname Grant."
Origin English, Scottish, Jewish, German, Native American, Irish, Falkland, Creole, Belgian, South african, Hungarian

Rank 192 (2000 US census) 154 (1990 US census)
Count 134,034 (2000 US census)

Race / ethnic distribution

The 2000 US Census claims that
  • 58.25%, or 78075 total occurrences, of those with this family name identified themselves as being white,
  • 36.58%, or 49030 total occurrences, as black,
  • 0.41%, or 550 total occurrences, as Asian and Pacific Islander,
  • 1.07%, or 1434 total occurrences, as American Indian and Native Alaskan,
  • 1.89%, or 2533 total occurrences, as two or more races, and
  • 1.81%, or 2426 total occurrences, as Hispanic ethnic origin.

Shortest baby names

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Shortest last names

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