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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.

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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.

First found in Buckinghamshire, where they were descended from a Norman knight from Le Gras in Normandy, who arrived in England with the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grace research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1559, 1689, 1612, 1691 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Grace History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 155 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 United States in the 17th Century


  • Geo Grace, aged 25, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Robt Grace, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Roger Grace, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Georg Grace, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • George Grace, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1643


Grace Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Isaac Grace, who arrived in Jamaica in 1705-1706
  • Edward Grace settled in Maryland in 1726

Grace Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Saml Grace, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • James Grace, who landed in America in 1811
  • P H Grace, aged 33, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Samuel Grace, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Solomon Grace, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812


Grace Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Grace, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
  • Mr. Thomas Grace U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Port Matoon Association

Grace Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Martin Grace who resided in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1803
  • Oliver Grace from County Carlow was married at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1810
  • Patrick Grace resided in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1815
  • Richard Grace was a planter of Crocker's Cove (Carbonear), Newfoundland in 1818
  • Robert Grace, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828


Grace Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edward Grace arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
  • William Grace arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • Eleanore Grace arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • James Grace arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • Mary Grace, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"


Grace Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Grace landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Lady Lilford
  • Peter Grace landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Ann Grace arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Gerald Grace arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • J. Grace arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865


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  • Mark Eugene Grace (b. 1964), American former Major League Baseball player
  • William Russell Grace (1832-1904), first Roman Catholic mayor of New York City and the founder of W. R. Grace and Company
  • William "Willie" Grace (1917-2006), American Negro league baseball outfielder and pitcher who played from 1943 and 1948, Negro League World Series Champion (1945)
  • John Grace (b. 1977), American-born, retired Canadian Football League linebacker
  • Maggie Grace (b. 1983), born Margaret Grace Denig, an American a Young Artist Award nominated actress
  • Michael Paul Grace (1842-1920), Irish-born, American businessman, CEO of W. R. Grace and Company, a shipping company of New York City
  • Michael Lee Grace (b. 1956), American former Major League Baseball player who played in 1978 for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Michael James "Mike" Grace (b. 1970), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1995 until 1999 for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Thomas Grace (1841-1921), Irish-born, American 2nd Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, in Sacramento, California
  • Thomas Langdon Grace O.P. (1814-1897), American prelate, 2nd Roman Catholic Bishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota

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  • Grace Family of Louisiana by Desdemona Grace Redlich.
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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.

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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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