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This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon locational origin from a place thus called in Lincolnshire, recorded variously as "Grantham", "Granham" and "Grandham" in the Domesday Book of 1086. The second element of the name is the Olde English pre 7th Century "ham", meaning homestead, with the first element being either the personal name "Granta"; hence "Granta's homestead", or the Olde English, "grand" gravel, or the Old Norse "grandi", a sand-bank, and would therefore be a "homestead on gravely or sandy soil". The surname is first recorded in the early 13th Century (see below). On October 28th 1544, John Grantham married Katherine Bennett, at St...

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