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Updated March 27, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Scottish: large, big


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Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Grant

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.

Famous people with this last name

What Does the Name Grant Mean? 

Grant is a boys' name of Scottish origin, meaning "big" and "large." It is derived from the French word grand, meaning tall. 

Grant is both a common last name and first name. 

How Popular is the Name Grant? 

Grant is the #212 most popular boys' name in the U.S., according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It has remained a relatively popular name since the year 2000, but has been slowly falling on the charts. 

However, Grant ranks #15 on 

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Grant was at its peak popularity in July 2020. 

Popularity of the Name Grant in the United States

Grant was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • Indiana 
  • District of Columbia
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • West Virginia 

Famous People Named Grant and Grant in Pop Culture 

The most famous Grant is 18th American President Ulysses S. Grant. 

Other famous Grant's include painter Grant Wood (known for his painting "American Gothic"), actor Grant Goodeve, comic book writer Grant Morrison, and American Olympian Grant Robinson. 

Actors Cary Grant and Hugh Grant are famous bearers of the last name Grant. 

Steven Grant is the real name of superhero Captain America in the Marvel Universe. 

The name Grant also features in movies and TV shows such as Famous in Love, Pokémon XY, Travelers, and Eastenders

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