When Jesse Grizzle was born on 27 January 1816, in Russell, Virginia, United States, his father, John Grizzle, was 41 and his mother, Elizabeth Hammond, was 44. He married Nancy Franklin on 1 October 1835, in Russell, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Castlewood, Russell, Virginia, United States for about 30 years and Castlewood District, Russell, Virginia, United States in 1900. He died in Russell, Virginia, United States.
Americanized form of French or Swiss French Grisel ‘gray’ or of its rare variant Grizel.
English (Hertfordshire): nickname from Middle English (Old French) grisel ‘gray(-haired)’, also used as a term for an old man.
English: occasionally perhaps from the Middle English female personal name Grisil(d) (perhaps of ancient Germanic origin), but it is attested very rarely in medieval England and probably too late to be the source of a surname in the English Midlands. It was made familiar through the heroine of Chaucer's Clerk's Tale, a re-writing of an Italian folk tale in versions by Boccaccio and Petrarch, but the personal name is earlier than the publication of Chaucer's work.
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