Grim Family History

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Grim Name Meaning

Dutch: nickname for a dour and forbidding person, from Middle Dutch grim, grem ‘stern’, ‘severe’. English: nickname with the same meaning as 1, from Old English grim ‘fierce’, ‘grim’. Respelling of German Grimm.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Grimm, Prim, Grime, Trim, Grill, Gram, Prime, Crim, Krim, Grine

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Grim Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Grim name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Grim. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Grim Family Origin

Where is the Grim family from?

Grim Family Occupations

What did your Grim ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Brewers Cellarman, Bricklayer and Carman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Grim. A less common occupation for the Grim family was Dressmaker. The most common Grim occupation in the UK was Brewers Cellarman. 11% of Grim's were Brewers Cellarmans.

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  • Brewers Cellarman

  • Bricklayer

  • Carman

  • Dressmaker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Grim ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Grim Historical Records

What Grim family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Grim. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grim census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Grim. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Grim. For the veterans among your Grim ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Grim Life Expectancy

What is the average Grim lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Grim life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Grim in 1940 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Grim

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Grim ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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