Grattan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Grattan surname was Mag Reachtain in Irish Gaelic.

Early Origins of the Grattan family

The surname Grattan was first found in Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Grattan family

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Grattan Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Grattan include Gratton, Grattan, MacGrattan and others.

Early Notables of the Grattan family (pre 1700)

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Grattan migration to the United States

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Grattan to North America:

Grattan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Grattan, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Edward Grattan, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1862

Grattan migration to Australia

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

Grattan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Grattan, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • John Grattan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849 [3]

Grattan 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:

Grattan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Grattan, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Rebecca Grattan, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Mary Grattan, aged 11, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Eliza Grattan, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • John Grattan, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Grattan (post 1700)

  • William J. Grattan (b. 1876), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 4th District, 1903-06; Member of New York State Senate 28th District, 1907-10 [4]
  • Henry Grattan (1746-1820), Irish statesman and lawyer
  • Thomas Colley Grattan (1792-1864), Irish writer
  • Henry Grattan (1789-1859), Irish politician
  • Prof. Kenneth Thomas Victor Grattan O.B.E., FREng,, British Royal Academy of Engineering for George Daniels Professor of Scientific Instrumentation and Dean for Graduate School at the City University of London, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Science [5]
  • Michelle Grattan (b. 1936), Australian journalist
  • Harry Grattan (1867-1951), British stage actor, singer, dancer and writer
  • Henry Grattan Nolan CBE MC (1893-1957), Canadian lawyer and jurist, 42nd Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1956-1957)
  • John Grattan Hendrie (b. 1963), Scottish former professional association footballer who played from 1981 to 1999
  • Gerald Grattan McGeer (1888-1947), Canadian lawyer, populist politician, and monetary reform advocate, 22nd Mayor of Vancouver


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SPARTAN 1849. Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
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