Graham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Graham 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 as Graham.

Early Origins of the Graham family

The surname Graham was first found in Midlothian, where they settled after accompanying Earl David of Huntingdon into Scotland 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 in Scotland 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." [1]

Early History of the Graham family

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Graham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Graham, Grahame, Graeme, Grame, Greumach (Gaelic), Montross and many more.

Early Notables of the Graham 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 in the English Civil Wars, who fought for the Royalists of Charles...
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Ireland Migration of the Graham family to Ireland

Some of the Graham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Graham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Graham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ant Graham who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • And Graham, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • Donell Graham, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [2]
  • Elizabeth Graham, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [2]
  • Jane Graham, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Graham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francis Graham, who landed in New England in 1719 [2]
  • Jo Graham, who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Catharine Graham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1738 [2]
  • Eliz Graham, who arrived in New York in 1738 [2]
  • Angus Graham, who arrived in New York in 1740 [2]
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Graham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James W Graham, who landed in New York in 1801 [2]
  • Alexander Graham, aged 34, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Humphry Graham, aged 50, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • Gilbert Graham, who landed in America in 1804 [2]
  • Joanna Graham, who landed in America in 1805 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Graham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Graham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Augustine Graham, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Donald Graham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Donald Graham, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. Mires Graham U.E. (b. 1764) who arrived at Annapolis Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia c. 1782 he died in 1833 in Centreville, Digby County, Nova Scotia, married to Anna Waggoner they had 4 children [3]
  • Mr. Oliver Graham U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
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Graham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Graham, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • Elizabeth Graham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Duncan Graham, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Sarah Graham, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Graham, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Quintin Leitch" in 1833
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Australia Graham migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Graham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Graham, (b. 1786), aged 15, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1859 [4]
  • Miss. Mary Ann Graham, Irish convict who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Thomas Graham, a cabinet-maker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Graham, a weaver, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Graham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [5]
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New Zealand Graham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Graham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Graham, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • David Graham, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Graham, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • W S Graham, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Graham, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand in 1840 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Graham (post 1700) +

  • Katharine Meyer Graham (1917-2001), American publisher of The Washington Post; her memoir, Personal History, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Martha Graham (1894-1991), American dancer, choreographer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • William Franklin "Billy" Graham KBE Jr. (1918-2018), American evangelical Christian evangelist and an ordained Southern Baptist minister, host of the annual Billy Graham Crusades (1947-2005), spiritual adviser to every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama
  • Ronald Lewis Graham (1935-2020), American mathematician credited by the American Mathematical Society as "one of the principal architects of the rapid development worldwide of discrete mathematics in recent years"
  • Chuck Graham (1965-2020), American politician in the Democratic Party
  • Bette Claire Nesmith Graham (1924-1980), née McMurray, an American typist, commercial artist, and the inventor of Liquid Paper in 1951, mother of musician and producer Michael Nesmith of The Monkees
  • Thomas Lawrence "Tom" Graham (1950-2017), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1972 to 1978
  • David Graham (1924-2015), American casting director, perhaps best known for his work on Three's Company (1977), Purple Rain (1984) and The Turning Point (1977)
  • Elizabeth Jennings Graham (1827-1901), African-American civil rights figure who insisted on her right to ride on a New York City streetcar in 1854, leading to the desegregation of New York City transit systems
  • Brigadier-General Roy Charles Lemach Graham (1892-1980), American Assistant Chief of Staff US Army Forces Pacific (1946) [7]
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Thomas Lyle Graham (b. 1958), American Specialist 4th Class from Jacksonville, Florida, USA who died in the crash [8]
  • Mr. Kelly O Graham (b. 1966), American Specialist 4th Class from San Jose, California, USA who died in the crash [8]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Graham (1868-1914), née Humphreys British First Class Passenger returning from Hong Kong, China who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Walter Graham (1859-1914), British First Class Passenger returning from Hong Kong, China who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Steven K. Graham (1958-1996), aged 38, from Napa, California, USA, American Marketing Director flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [10]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Francis  Graham (1892-1917), Canadian Ironworker at Halifax Graving Dock from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • Mrs. Florence  Graham (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Donald Graham (b. 1916), English Supply Assistant serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Marcus Graham, British Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. William Graham, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Alastair Kennedy Douglas Graham, British Midshipman Paymaster, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas Graham, British Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Samuel Graham (d. 1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy Reserve aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
  • Philip William Colles Graham (1920-1939), British Midshipman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
  • George Munroe Graham (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Gordon Graham, American 3rd Class passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas G. Graham, aged 28, Irish Fireman/Stoker from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mrs. Edith Ware Graham, (née Junkins), aged 59, American First Class passenger from Greenwich, Connecticut who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3 [18]
  • Miss Margaret Edith Graham, aged 19, American First Class passenger from Greenwich, Connecticut who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3 [18]
  • Mr. George Edward Graham (d. 1912), aged 38, Canadian First Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [18]
SS Alcoa Puritan
  • B.F. Graham, American Able Seaman from Mobile, Alabama, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [19]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Donald A. Graham, American Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [20]


The Graham 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Graham +

  • 100 The Gallant Grahams of America by Joe C. Graham, Grahams of Noble Heritage: And Descendants [Scotland, England and America]: Descendants of Robert II [Stuart] 1316-1390 King of Scotland: Graham Family History, 1128-1990 by Joe C. Graham.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Roy Graham. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Graham/Roy_Charles_Lemach/USA.html
  8. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  19. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)
  20. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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