Gradley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name is derived from the Old French "greslet," which meant "pitted" or "pock-marked."
Early Origins of the Gradley family
The surname Gradley was first found in the area that has since become the country of Lancashire. In 1069 King William gave his kinsman, Roger de Pictou, the land between the rivers Mersey and Ribble, who in turn shared land with his kinsman Albert de Greslet. Records during the reign of King John (1199-1216) show that some of this land belonged to Albert de Greslet. The latter was also known as Albert Grelley; he became the first Baron of Manchester, and the Grelley family held the manor for the next 200 years. A Robert Greslet is on record in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire of 1130; Peter de Gresley was patron of the rectory of Manchester in 1276. Some of the family were later found at Worthington in Lancashire. "This place, anciently called Worthinton, was allotted, soon after the Domesday Survey, to Albert Greslet. A family of the local name were resident at the Hall in 1588." 
Early History of the Gradley family
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Gradley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gradwell, Gredwell, Gradwel, Greile, Greslet, Grelle, Gressy, Greslé, Grille, Grylle, Grelly, Grelley, Greslai, Gredle, Gredley, Gradley, Gredlai, Greidley, Gresley, Greddle Gradell and many more.
Early Notables of the Gradley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gradley family to Ireland
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Migration of the Gradley family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Gradwell, who came to Maryland in 1667; Jacob Gradwell, who was on record in South Carolina in 1699; Philip Gradwell, who came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1765.
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The Gradley 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: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despair.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.