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Where did the Irish Gratton family come from? What is the Irish Gratton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gratton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gratton family history?

The Gratton surname was Mag Reachtain in Irish Gaelic.


Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Gratton dating from that time include Gratton, Grattan, MacGrattan and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gratton research. Another 466 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1500, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Gratton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gratton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Gratton or a variant listed above, including:

Gratton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Gratton settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1848
  • John Gratton, who settled in New York in 1820 and Edward Gratton landed in Philadelphia in 1862


  • Barbara Gratton, Canadian bronze medalist figure skater at the 1953 North American Championships, two-time Canadian champion
  • Robert Gratton, president and chief executive officer, Montreal
  • Jean Gratton (1924-2011), French Canadian clergyman, Bishop of Mont-Laurier, Quebec
  • Christopher "Chris" Gratton (b. 1975), Canadian professional NHL hockey player who played from 1993 to 2009
  • Benoit Gratton (b. 1976), Canadian NHL ice hockey forward
  • Gilles Gratton (b. 1952), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • Normon Lionel "Norm" Gratton (b. 1950), retired Canadian professional NHL right wing ice hockey player who played from 1970 to 1977
  • Josh Gratton (b. 1982), Canadian professional ice hockey left winger
  • Guido Gratton (1932-1996), Italian footballer who played from 1949 to 1962, member of the Italy National Team (1953-1959)
  • Daniel "Dan" Gratton (b. 1966), Canadian former NHL player who played from 1986 to 1998



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: Pro patria vivere et mori
Motto Translation: For my country, I live and die


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The Gratton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gratton 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.

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