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Grayshon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Scottish


The roots of the Grayshon family stretch back to the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands, who were the first to use the surname. It is derived from Grier, a pet form of the given name Gregory, which means watchful.

Early Origins of the Grayshon family


The surname Grayshon was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Grayshon family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grayshon research.
Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1411, 1547, 1590, 1564, 1657, 1733, 1677, 1760, 1709 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Grayshon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grayshon Spelling Variations


The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Grayshon has appeared as Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.

Early Notables of the Grayshon family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family at this time was John Grierson or Grisson (died 1564?), a Scottish Dominican who is believed to have been from the family of Grierson of Lag in Dumfriesshire; Sir Robert...
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Migration of the Grayshon family to Ireland


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


As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. 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 Grayshon 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: Hoc securior
Motto Translation: Safer by this.


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