Humanities › History & Culture Grant Surname Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Rosemarie Gearhart / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated October 24, 2019 The origins of the Grant surname are uncertain, but the following theories are the most widely accepted: A nickname from the Anglo-Norman French graund or graunt, meaning "tall, large" bestowed due to the individual's size, or to distinguish two bearers of the same personal name, often different generations within the same family.Clan Grant says that "tradition suggests that the name comes from Sliabh Grianais - the moor above Aviemore," believed to be the "first land in Scotland occupied by the Grant progenitors." Grant may also be a spelling variant of the German surname Grandt or Grant Surname Origin: Scottish, English, FrenchAlternate Surname Spellings: GRAUNT, GRAWNT, GRANTE Where the Grant Surname is Found According to Forebears, the Grant surname is most prevalent in the United States (used by over 156,000 people), but most common in Jamaica (where the surname ranks as 10th most common) and Scotland (ranked 29th). Grant is also common in Guyana (46th), New Zealand (49th), Canada (88th), Australia (92nd) and England (105th). Historical surname distribution data from Scotland identifies the areas where Grant was most common in 1881 as Moray, where it was the most used name, as well as Banffshire (2nd most common), Nairn (6th), Inverness-shire (9th) and West Lothian (10th). WorldNames PublicProfiler identifies the Grant surname as being especially popular in Donegal, Ireland, as well as Australia, New Zealand and most of northern Scotland. Famous People Ulysses S. Grant: U.S. general and commander of the Union armies; 18th U.S. presidentCary Grant: British-American film actorHugh Grant: British actorAmy Grant: American singer-songwriterAnne Grant: Scottish poetJedediah Morgan Grant: leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsNatalie Grant: American singer-songwriter Genealogy Resources Clan Grant: Explore a wealth of resources made available by Clan Grant, including history, genealogy, gatherings, membership and more.Grant DNA Project: Join over 400 individuals with the Grant surname who are interested in combining Y-DNA testing with genealogical research to help identify various "Grant genetic lines and ancestries."Grant Family Crest: Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Grant family crest or coat of arms for the Grant surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.FamilySearch: Explore over 2.9 million historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Grant surname and its variations on the free FamilySearch website, hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Grant Surname & Family Mailing Lists: RootsWeb hosts free mailing lists for researchers of the Grant surname.DistantCousin.com: Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Grant.The Grant Genealogy and Family Tree Page: Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the popular last name Grant from the website of Genealogy Today. References Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.