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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.

Grayson Early Origins



The surname Grayson was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.

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Grayson Spelling Variations


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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.

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Grayson Early History


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Grayson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grayson research. Another 223 words (16 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.

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Grayson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grayson Early Notables (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...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grayson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grayson In Ireland


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Grayson In Ireland



Some of the Grayson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, arrived in Virginia in 1635

Grayson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Grayson, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1730
  • Thomas Grayson, who came to Virginia in 1754
  • Thomas Grayson, who landed in Virginia in 1754
  • Spence Grayson, who arrived in Virginia in 1771

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

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 [1]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, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie"
  • Lawrence Grayson, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grayson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grayson (post 1700)



  • 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)
  • Frances Wilson Grayson (1890-1927), American aviatrix who died flying to Newfoundland just prior to her planned trip to cross the Atlantic Ocean
  • Howard A. Grayson Jr., American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1988, 1992
  • Derek Grayson, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 27th District, 2010
  • C. I. Grayson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1940 (alternate), 1944, 1952 (alternate)
  • Alfred William Grayson (1780-1810), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1809
  • John B. Grayson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1912 (alternate), 1916
  • Mary C. Grayson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1936
  • P. C. Grayson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1928
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Grayson


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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.

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Motto


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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


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

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