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Where did the Scottish Gersten family come from? What is the Scottish Gersten family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gersten family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gersten family history?A people of the Scottish/English Borderlands known as the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name Gersten. It is derived from Grier, a pet form of the given name Gregory, which means watchful.
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Gersten has appeared as Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gersten research. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1411, 1547, 1590, 1657, and 1733 are included under the topic Early Gersten History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gersten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Gersten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them: William Grayson who settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1804; James Grierson settled in New Jersey in 1685; John and Jane Grierson settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1774..
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: Hoc securior
Motto Translation: Safer by this.
The Gersten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gersten 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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