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The name Gracy was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name for a shoemaker. The Scottish surname is derived from the Gaelic word greusaich or griasaich, which originally meant a decorator or embroiderer but later came to mean a shoemaker.

Gracy Early Origins



The surname Gracy was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Gracy Spelling Variations


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Gracy Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Gracy has been spelled Gracie, Gracey, Grassy, Greacey and others.

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Gracy Early History


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Gracy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gracy research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1639, and 1651 are included under the topic Early Gracy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gracy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gracy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gracy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gracy In Ireland


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Gracy In Ireland



Some of the Gracy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Gracy were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Gracy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Gracy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • John Gracy, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Mary Gracy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Robert Gracy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Gracy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Phil Gracy, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Philip Gracy, aged 28, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Jane Gracy, who landed in America in 1805
  • Edward Gracy, who landed in Mississippi in 1839
  • Patt Gracy, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1855

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gracy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gracy 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 February 2015 at 11:44.

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