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Where did the Scottish Graham family come from? What is the Scottish Graham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Graham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Graham family history?

The distinguished Graham family, which is thoroughly woven into the intricate tapestry of Scottish history, finds its origin with the proud Norman people. The name comes from the place Grantham in Lincolnshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Graham.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Graham, Grahame, Graeme, Grame, Greumach (Gaelic), Montross and many more.

First found in Midlothian, where they settled after accompanying Earl David of Huntingdon into Scotland during the 12th century. In 1128, King David I granted the lands of Abercorn and Dalkeith to William de Graham, who is the first recorded member of the Graham Clan in Scotland and was witness to several royal charters. Henry de Graham inherited the estates of his father-in-law in Eskdale in 1243. Sir John de Grahame was a faithful companion of the Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace and was killed at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Graham research. Another 843 words(60 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1128, 1237, 1298, 1488, 1427, 1707, 1450, 1603, 1715, 1745, 1782, 1464, 1513, 1505, 1548, 1608, 1612, 1650, 1648, 1689, 1648, 1695, 1634, 1694, 1702, 1680, 1689 and are included under the topic Early Graham History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 235 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Graham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Graham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Graham Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Ant Graham who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • And Graham, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Donell Graham, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Elizabeth Graham, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • Jane Graham, who landed in Maryland in 1677

Graham Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Graham, who landed in New England in 1719
  • Jo Graham settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Catharine Graham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1738
  • Eliz Graham, who arrived in New York in 1738
  • Angus Graham, who arrived in New York in 1740

Graham Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James W Graham, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Alexr Graham, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Humphry Graham, aged 50, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Gilbert Graham, who landed in America in 1804
  • Joanna Graham, who landed in America in 1805


  • William Graham (b. 1937), American Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of NASA during 1985 and 1986
  • Frank Porter Graham (1886-1972), U.S. Senator from North Carolina, President of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bette Claire Nesmith Graham (1924-1980), (née McMurray) American inventor of Liquid Paper in 1951
  • Katharine Meyer Graham (1917-2001), American publisher of The Washington Post. Her memoir, Personal History, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jorie Graham (b. 1950), American poet awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Martha Graham (1894-1991), American dancer, choreographer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Brigadier-General Roy Charles Lemach Graham (1892-1980), American Assistant Chief of Staff US Army Forces Pacific (1946)
  • Elizabeth Jennings Graham (1827-1901), African-American civil rights figure who insisted on her right to ride on a New York City streetcar in 1854, leading to the desegregation of New York City transit systems
  • Miss Margaret Edith Graham, aged 19, American First Class passenger from Greenwich, Connecticut who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3
  • Mrs. Edith Ware Graham, (née Junkins), aged 59, American First Class passenger from Greenwich, Connecticut who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3



  • The Gallant Grahams of America by Joe C. Graham.
  • Grahams of Noble Heritage: And Descendants [Scotland, England and America]: Descendants of Robert II [Stuart] 1316-1390 King of Scotland: Graham Family History, 1128-1990 by Joe C. Graham.

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: Ne oublie
Motto Translation: Do not forget.


Graham Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Graham
Aerth, Ailardice, Ailardise, Ailardyce, Ailardyse, Ailerdes, Ailerdice, Ailerdise, Ailerdyce, Ailerdyse, Aillardice, Aillardise, Aillardyce, Aillardyse, Aillerdes, Aillerdice, Aillerdise, Aillerdyce, Aillerdyse, Airth, Airthe, Alardice, Alardise, Alardyce, Alardyse, Aldardice, Aldardyce, Aldardyse, Alderdice, Alderdise, Alderdyce, Alderdyse, Aldine, Alding, Aldink, Alerdash, Alerdes, Alerdice, Alerdise, Alerdyce, Alerdyse, Alirdasse, Allardes, Allardice, Allardise, Allardyce, Allardyse, Alldardice, Alldardyce, Alldardyse and more.


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  10. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
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The Graham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Graham 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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