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An internet resource for everyone interested in the history of the Grenfell family.


Grenfell Loyal DevoirThe purpose of the site is to further interest in the Grenfell family name. In addition the Grenfell name is registered with Guild of One-Name Studies, the objective of which is to research all occurrences of the name GRENFELL and its variants, GRENFIELD, GRINFIELD, GREENFILL, GRINFILL, GRINFIELD, GRANFELL  etc.

The study into the Grenfell family name really began in the 1980’s when Alison Stephen in Victoria, Australia and Arthur Coomb in Cornwall, England were carrying out independent research. Alison registered the Grenfell name – No. 1238 – with the Guild of One-Name Studies in 1997 and after meeting in Truro in 1998 they decided to collaborate and pool their resources.

Research and Family Trees
Databases have been compiled to include indexes to Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Parish Records of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, Overseas records, the IGI and published indexes of Wills, etc.

The Family Trees section on the website, which was last updated in December 2021, contains 4245 persons divided into 1473 families.
As with all data of this nature it should only be used as a guide for further research into primary sources and no guarantee can be given or implied as to the accuracy of any information on the site or the data included.
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HON. MONICA MARGARET SALMOND NEE GRENFELL (1893-1973), WWI nurse specialising in spine, nerve and head treatments.

Wilfred Grenfell site

Sir WILFRED GRENFELL (1865-1940), medical missionary and author.

William Henry Grenfell 1921 site

WILLIAM  HENRY GRENFELL, BARON DESBOROUGH (1855-1945), athlete, sportsman, and public servant.

Places of interest

Throughout the site are images and information about some of the Parishes in West Cornwall that are associated with the origins of the Grenfell family.


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