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Grayden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Grayden family


The surname Grayden was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland in the lands of Graden near Coldstream.

Early History of the Grayden family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grayden research.
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Grayden Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Graden, Graiden, Graidin, Grayden, Greyden and others.

Early Notables of the Grayden family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Grayden family to Ireland


Some of the Grayden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Grayden family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grayden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Grayden, aged 34, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Bridget Grayden, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Peter Grayden, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • James Grayden, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874

The Grayden Motto


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: Ad escam et usum
Motto Translation: For food and use.


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