Grassie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Grassie are thought to have come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Grassie was used to indicate someone who worked as a shoemaker. The Scottish surname is derived from the Gaelic word greusaich or griasaich, which originally meant a decorator or embroiderer but later came to mean a shoemaker.

Early Origins of the Grassie family

The surname Grassie was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

The English Gracy or Grancey variant is Norman in origin as "Grancey is on the confines of Champagne and Burgundy, an gave its name to a great Burgundian family, several times Constables of the province, that ended in the fourteenth century with Eudo de Grancey. The feudal castle of Grancey, dating from this time, was only pulled down at the beginning of the last century. [(1700's)] The first trace I could find of the family in England was at Warford in Cheshire; the seat of the Grascys, Grasties, or Greestys, for many successive generations." [1]

Early History of the Grassie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grassie research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1639, 1651, 1613, 1653 and are included under the topic Early Grassie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grassie Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Grassie has appeared as Gracie, Gracey, Grassy, Greacey and others.

Early Notables of the Grassie family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Grassie family to Ireland

Some of the Grassie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 102 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 Grassie family

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Grassie or a variant listed above: three brothers and a sister, who settled in Charlestown, South Carolina, in 1767. A. Gracie settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1821; Wm. Gracie settled in New York in 1821.


Contemporary Notables of the name Grassie (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Grassie (b. 1966), Scottish artist presented with a "Special Merit" award at the 23rd John Moores Painting Prize
  • Sean Grassie, Canadian curler at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Safeway Championships


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3


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