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Grayson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


In ancient Scotland, the first people to use the name Grayson were part of a tribe known as the Strathclyde Britons. The name is derived from Grier, a pet form of the given name Gregory, which means watchful.


Early Origins of the Grayson family


The surname Grayson was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Grayson family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grayson research.
Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1411, 1547, 1590, 1564, 1657, 1733, 1677, 1760, 1709 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Grayson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grayson Spelling Variations


Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Grayson has been spelled Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.

Early Notables of the Grayson family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family at this time was John Grierson or Grisson (died 1564?), a Scottish Dominican who is believed to have been from the family of Grierson of Lag in Dumfriesshire; Sir Robert...
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Migration of the Grayson family to Ireland


Some of the Grayson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Grayson family to the New World and Oceana


In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Grayson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Grayson, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Grayson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Grayson, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1730
  • Thomas Grayson, who settled in Virginia in 1754
  • Thomas Grayson, who landed in Virginia in 1754 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Spence Grayson, who arrived in Virginia in 1771 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Grayson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Grayson who settled in Wilmington North Carolina in 1804
  • Anthony Grayson, who was naturalized in New York in 1806
  • G. Grayson, who was recorded arriving at the port of San Francisco in 1851
  • G Grayson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Grayson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Curry Grayson, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • Charles Grayson, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 25th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Royal Charlie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/royalcharlie1854.shtml.
  • Lawrence Grayson, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Contemporary Notables of the name Grayson (post 1700)


  • C. Jackson "Jack" Grayson Jr. (1923-2017), American chairman of APQC, U.S. chairman of the Price Commission in the United States from 1971 to 1973
  • George Wallace Grayson Jr. (1938-2015), American politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1973-1981)
  • Brigadier-General Thomas Jackson Grayson (1896-1962), American Director of Selective Service Mississippi (1940-1942) [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Thomas Grayson. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Grayson/Thomas_Jackson/USA.html
  • Frances Wilson Grayson (1890-1927), American aviatrix who died flying to Newfoundland just prior to her planned trip to cross the Atlantic Ocean
  • Ralph Lawrence Grayson (1921-1991), American scientist, engineer, pilot, attorney, and soldier who went on to be a pioneer in network computing and play a lead role in the development of the Space Shuttle
  • Andrew Jackson Grayson (1819-1869), American ornithologist and artist
  • David Grayson (1870-1946), American author who wrote under the pseudonym Ray Stannard Baker
  • Kathryn Grayson (1922-2010), American actress and operatic soprano singer
  • Howard A. Grayson Jr., American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1988, 1992 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Derek Grayson, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 27th District, 2010 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Grayson


  • Bateman, Grayson, Boyett, Carter, and Cole Families and Their Kin and They Marked the Way by Cynthia E. Snider.

The Grayson 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: Hoc securior
Motto Translation: Safer by this.


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Citations


  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) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  3. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 25th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Royal Charlie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/royalcharlie1854.shtml.
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Thomas Grayson. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Grayson/Thomas_Jackson/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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