Graydon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Graydon family
The surname Graydon was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland in the lands of Graden near Coldstream.
Early History of the Graydon family
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Graydon Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Graden, Graiden, Graidin, Grayden, Greyden and others.
Early Notables of the Graydon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Graydon family to Ireland
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Graydon migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Graydon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margaret Graydon, who landed in Maryland in 1670 
Graydon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hannah Graydon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 
Graydon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Graydon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 
Graydon 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:
Graydon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Graydon, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 
- Mrs. Margaret Graydon, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 
- Mr. Hugh P. Graydon, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 
- Miss Isabella Graydon, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 
- Margaret Graydon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870
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Contemporary Notables of the name Graydon (post 1700) +
- Joe Graydon (1919-2001), born Joseph G. Dosh, an American big band vocalist, television host, personal manager, father of Jay Gradon
- Thomas Hetherington "Blondy" Graydon (1881-1949), All-American football player
- Jay Graydon (b. 1949), American two-time Grammy Award winning songwriter, recording artist and musician
- Charles E. Graydon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944 
- Vise-Admiral John Graydon (d. 1726), English officer of the Royal Navy; a memorial dated 12 April 1700 described himself as having served in his majesty's navy for twenty years and upwards 
- Keith Graydon (b. 1983), Irish footballer who has played since 2003, three-time member of the Republic of Ireland National Team
- Richard Graydon (1922-2014), British stunt performer and stunt coordinator, best known for his work on the James Bond film series
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael James Graydon GCB, CBE (b. 1938), British retired Royal Air Force (RAF) officer, Chief of the Air Staff from 1992 to 1997
- Gordon Graydon QC (1896-1953), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Peel (1935-1953)
- Cliff Graydon, Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (2007)
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The Graydon 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: Ad escam et usum
Motto Translation: For food and use.
- ^ 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)
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020