Graden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Graden family

The surname Graden 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 Graden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Graden research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1288, 1296, 1650, 1704 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Graden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Graden Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Graden family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Graden family to Ireland

Some of the Graden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Graden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Graden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bell Graden, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Graden (post 1700) +

  • John Graden, American founder of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists in 1994
  • Brian Graden (b. 1963), American television executive, former President of Programming at MTV, VH1, CMT, and the LGBT channel, Logo


The Graden 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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