Graysum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The age-old tribe of the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first people to use the name Graysum. It is derived from Grier, a pet form of the given name Gregory, which means watchful.

Early Origins of the Graysum family

The surname Graysum 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.

Important Dates for the Graysum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Graysum 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 Graysum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Graysum Spelling Variations

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Graysum has appeared as Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.

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

Migration of the Graysum family to Ireland

Some of the Graysum 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 Graysum family

The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them: William Grayson who settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1804; James Grierson settled in New Jersey in 1685; John and Jane Grierson settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1774..

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