The distinguished Graeme family, which is thoroughly woven into the intricate tapestry of Scottish history, finds its origin with the proud Norman people. The name comes from the place Grantham in Lincolnshire
, recorded in Domesday Book
Early Origins of the Graeme family
The surname Graeme was first found in Midlothian
, where they settled after accompanying Earl David of Huntingdon
during the 12th century. In 1128, King David I granted the lands of Abercorn and Dalkeith to William de Graham, who is the first recorded member of the Graham Clan
and was witness to several royal charters. Henry de Graham inherited the estates of his father-in-law in Eskdale in 1243. Sir John de Grahame was a faithful companion of the Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace and was killed at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298.
"[Grahamston] derives its name from Sir John the Graham, who was killed here in the battle which Wallace fought with Edward I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Graeme family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Graeme research.Another 660 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1128, 1237, 1298, 1488, 1427, 1707, 1450, 1603, 1715, 1745, 1782, 1464, 1513, 1505, 1548, 1608, 1612, 1650, 1648, 1689, 1648, 1695, 1634, 1694, 1702, 1680, 1689 and are included under the topic Early Graeme History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Graeme Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Graham, Grahame, Graeme, Grame, Greumach (Gaelic), Montross and many more.
Early Notables of the Graeme family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was William Graham, 4th Lord Graham (1464-1513), who became the Earl of Montrose in 1505; John Graham (1548-1608), 3rd Earl of Montrose was the Chancellor of the University of St Andrews; James Graham (1612-1650), 5th Earl and 1st Marquess of Montrose, a Scottish general... Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Graeme Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Graeme family to Ireland
Some of the Graeme family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Graeme family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ant Graham who settled in Virginia in 1651; Jo Graham settled in Georgia in 1733; the Grahams also settled in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Texas, between 1740 and 1871..
Contemporary Notables of the name Graeme (post 1700)
- Richard Graeme Hignett (1972-1992), English cricketer who played for Cheshire (1992-2003)
- Malcolm Graeme Decarie, French Canadian professor at the University of Montreal
- Janet Graeme Travell M.D. (1901-1997), American physician and medical researcher, President John F. Kennedy's personal physician
- Michael Graeme Scothern (b. 1961), former English cricketer
- Alice Graeme Korff (1904-1975), American art critic, trustee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
- Alastair Graeme Lynch (b. 1968), former professional Australian rules footballer from Burnie, Tasmania
- David Graeme Garden OBE (b. 1943), Scottish author, actor, comedian, artist and television presenter, best known as a member of The Goodies
- Arthur Graeme Slaght (1877-1964), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons from Simcoe, Ontario
- David Graeme Farrant (b. 1960), former New Zealand first-class cricketer
- Stewart Graeme Guthrie GC (1948-1990), the most recent civilian recipient of the George Cross for his role in the police response to the Aramoana massacre, at which he lost his life
The Graeme 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: Ne oublie
Motto Translation: Do not forget.