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Where did the Irish Grace family come from? What is the Irish Grace family crest and coat of arms? When did the Grace family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Grace family history?The surname Grace is generally thought to derive from the Old French word "grace," which means "charm" or "pleasantness." In some instances, it may have evolved from the Old French word "gros," which means "great," or "large." In either instance, the name was a nickname which evolved into a surname.
Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name Grace included: Grace, Grase and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grace research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1612, 1691 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Grace History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Grace:
Grace Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Grace Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Grace Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: En Grace affie
Motto Translation: On Grace, depend.
The Grace Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grace Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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