Crace History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Crace date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Crace family lived in Lincolnshire.

Early Origins of the Crace family

The surname Crace was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Crace family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crace research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1130, 1203, 1273, 1277, 1379, and 1698 are included under the topic Early Crace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crace Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crace are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Crace include: Crass, Crassus, Cras, Craas, Crace, Craise, Craze, Grass, Grasse, Gras and many more.

Early Notables of the Crace family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Crace family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crace or a variant listed above: Christopher Crass who arrived in Philadelphia in 1785.

Contemporary Notables of the name Crace (post 1700) +

  • John C. Crace (1754-1819), English decorator based in London, father of Frederick Crace
  • Frederick Crace (1779-1859), English interior decorator who worked for George IV when he was Prince of Wales
  • Lauren Rose Crace (b. 1986), English actress, best known for her role as Danielle Jones in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders, daughter of Jim Crace
  • James "Jim" Crace (b. 1946), English writer, awarded the Whitbread Novel of 1998 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize
  • John Gregory Crace (1809-1889), English interior decorator and author
  • Edward Kendall Crace (1844-1892), English-born, Australian pastoralist who arrived in Australia aboard the Duncan Dunbar in 1865, eponym of Crace, a suburb of Canberra, son of John Gregory Crace
  • John Crace, British journalist and critic
  • Vice Admiral Sir John "Jack" Gregory Crace KBE CB (b. 1887), Australian Royal Navy officer who commanded the Australian-United States Support Force, Task Force 44, at the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942
  • John Dibblee Crace (1838-1919), British interior designer, best known for his schemes for the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy, Tyntesfield and Longleat, eldest son of John Gregory Crace on Facebook
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