Welcome

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, online documents, 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. Currently the Administrator is taking a much deserved break.  If you wish to contribute to the database, please feel free to post your information directly to the database via the post-it note tagging feature.

Origin: 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.

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms: A blue shield with a gold cross between four gold arrow heads. Blue denotes truth and loyalty; gold implies generosity and a superior intellect; arrows speak of a readiness for battle; while a gold cross signifies faith.

Motto: Non Degener

Motto Translated: Literally the motto reads ‘Not Degenerate’. Degener is derived from the Latin term degenero which infers disgrace by degeneracy. Thus non degener indicates that a Grindlay is honourable, moral and true to his or her own kind. Grindlays are not corrupted by vice or decadence and as such do not fall from grace.

Crest: a peahen (peacock) for Grindlay or a red buffalo head for Grindley

Newspaper & Magazine Articles

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A. B. Grindlay, The London Gazette, 09 February 1917
Alexander Brown Grindlay, The London Gazette, 01 June 1909
Alexander Brown Grindlay, The London Gazette, 04 October 1910
Alice Maud Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 21 June 1918
Cadet Alexander Brown Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 27 November 1916
Charles Grindlay, The Edinburgh Advertiser, 20 September 1793
Lt. E. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 19 September 1917
Lt. E. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 11 May 1918
Lt. E. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 20 February 1919
Lt. E. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 09 July 1919
Lt. Spec. Res. E. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 30 October 1919
Edward Grindlay, The London Gazette, 17 April 1903
Edward Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 01 July 1915
Grindlay & Co., Supplement to The London Gazette, 17 February 1900
Grindlay & Co., Supplement to The London Gazette, 22 February 1906
Grindlay & Co., Supplement to The London Gazette, 23 February 1912
Lt. H. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 30 April 1919
Lce. Serj. Henry Grindlay, The London Gazette, 28 July 1916
John Grindlay, The Edinburgh Advertiser, 5th November 1779
John Grindley, The Times, 17 March 1830
Richard Grindlay, The Advertiser, 22 March 1796
Robert Grindlay, The London Gazette, 30 July 1901
Capt. Robert Melville Grindlay, The Times, 04 May 1830
Capt. Robert Melville Grindlay, The Times, 23 March 1831
W. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 18 June 1918
Lt. W. G. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 9 July 1918
Lt. W. G. Grindlay, Supplement to The London Gazette, 13 May 1919
William G. Grindlay, The London Gazette, 28 March 1916