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Meaning and Origin of: Grant

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First name origins & meanings:

  • French : To give

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English and (especially) Scottish (of Norman origin), and French : 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 and Scottish : from a medieval personal name, probably a survival into Middle English of the Old English byname Granta (see Grantham).
  • Probably a respelling of German Grandt or Grand.
  • The U.S. president General Ulysses S. Grant (1822–85), born in OH, was the descendant of a Puritan called Matthew Grant, who landed in Massachusetts with his wife, Priscilla, in 1630. This family of Grants continued in New England until Captain Noah Grant, having served throughout the Revolution, emigrated to PA in 1790 and later to OH.

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