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The distinguished Grahame 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.

Grahame Early Origins



The surname Grahame 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.

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Grahame Spelling Variations


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Grahame Spelling Variations



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

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Grahame Early History


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Grahame Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grahame research. Another 843 words (60 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 Grahame History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grahame Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grahame Early Notables (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 Grahame Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grahame In Ireland


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Grahame In Ireland



Some of the Grahame family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 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


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grahame Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Grahame, who landed in East New Jersey in 1685
  • Thomas Grahame, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Grahame Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Grahame, who arrived in Georgia in 1742
  • Isabell Grahame, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1774
  • Margaret Grahame, aged 18, landed in New York in 1774

Grahame Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Grahame, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1809
  • Robert Grahame, who landed in New York in 1846

Grahame Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Grahame, who landed in Canada in 1820

Grahame Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • S Grahame landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grahame (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grahame (post 1700)



  • John Gillies Mark Grahame (b. 1975), American retired professional NHL ice hockey goaltender who played from 1997 to 2012
  • Gloria Grahame (1923-1981), American Academy Award nominated stage, film and television actress featured in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Kenneth Grahame (b. 1859), Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908) and The Reluctant Dragon (1898) which was later adapted into two Disney films
  • Rev James Grahame (1765-1811), Scottish poet from Glasgow
  • Christine Grahame (b. 1944), Scottish politician, Convener of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee (2011-2016), Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2016-)
  • William Calman "W.C." Grahame (1863-1945), Australian politician, the first mayor of the City of Gosford (1936-1944), Member of Parliament of New South Wales for Wickham (1907-1920)
  • William Grahame (1841-1906), Scottish-born, Australian settler to Australia in 1858 and later rose to become Member of Parliament of New South Wales for Newcastle in 1899 and from (1891-1894)
  • William Grahame (1808-1890), Scottish-born, Australian settler to Australia in 1828 and later rose to become Member of Parliament of New South Wales (1865-1869) and (1872-1875)

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Grahame Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grahame 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 27 June 2016 at 08:12.

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