Quick Facts on Grant
- English, Scottish
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Large, grand, great, tall
Etymology & Historical Origin - Grant
The name Grant is the transferred use of an Anglo-Scottish surname which is derived from the French word “graunt” meaning ‘great, tall’ and was introduced to England by way of the Normans. The name is ultimately derived from the Latin “grandis” meaning ‘grand, large.’ Another etymological source suggests that it originated as a personal name in pre 7th century Old England from “granta” meaning ‘slow river.’ As a family name, Grant emerged in Scotland and was borne by a famous clan dynasty starting in the 13th century and headed by the sheriff of Inverness, Sir Laurence le Grant. The United States is mainly responsible for Grant’s usage as a given name, probably as a tribute to the 18th U.S. President and civil war hero, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885).
Popularity of the Name Grant
Grant has been on the U.S. popularity charts since the government began tracking naming trends back in 1880. The name has constantly maintained moderately high usage for over 100 years but is currently experiencing some of its highest popularity today. Grant has never managed to hit a spot on the Top 100 list of most common boy’s names, but it came close in the late 1990s. The name is most popular in the states of Nebraska and Iowa, arguably states that seem to prefer simple, straightforward, one-syllable sounding names for their little boys. Grant is a “grand” name, to be sure, and calls into mind a tall and handsome man. There are no nicknames or pet forms, and no other variations of this name – so it does stand tall and proud, apart from the crowd.
Popularity of the Boy Name Grant
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Grant
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Grant
Grant We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Grant.
Popular Songs on Grant
Grant - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Grant.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Grant
Grant - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Grant.
Famous People Named Grant
Famous People Named Grant - Grant Fuhr (hockey player); Grant Hill (basketball player); Grant Wood (American painter); Grant Imahara (Mythbuster)
Children of Famous People Named Grant
Famous People who Named their Son Grant - Bonnie Blair (Olympic speed skater); Erin Murphy (child actress); Robert Shapiro (attorney)
Grant - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Grant DeVolson Wood (13 Feb 1891 - 12 Feb 1942) - Grant Wood was an important American painter who hailed from the state of Iowa and is best known for his rendering of the rural Midwest in his works. In 1920, Grant Wood set out on a trip to Europe, telling his sister, "the art critics and dealers want no part of American art. They think this country is too new for any culture and too crude and undeveloped to produce any artists. You have to be a Frenchman, take a French name, and paint like a Frenchman to gain recognition." Grant would prove them wrong ten years later. His most famous painting, “American Gothic” (1930), caused a sensation. The work, depicting a stern-faced farm couple in front of a rural backdrop with the man holding a pitchfork, is one of the most recognized works of art by any American painter. American Gothic has reached an iconic level of status and is one of the most enduring images of American art – it’s also one of the most parodied, reproduced and viewed. The painting hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago today.
Personality of the Boy Name Grant
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Grant