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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use the name Greeson 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.

Greeson Early Origins



The surname Greeson 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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Greeson Spelling Variations


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Greeson 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. Greeson has been spelled Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.

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Greeson Early History


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Greeson Early History



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

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Greeson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greeson 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 Greeson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greeson In Ireland


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Greeson In Ireland



Some of the Greeson 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:

Greeson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary A. Greeson, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Greeson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Myzie Greeson, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Kilkenny, Kilkee Co. Clare, in 1905
  • Nellie Greeson, aged 49, who landed in America from Kilkee, Ireland, in 1910
  • Annie Greeson, aged 18, who settled in America from Kilkee, Ireland, in 1910
  • Florence Greeson, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Kilkee, Ireland, in 1910
  • Myrelle Greeson, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greeson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greeson (post 1700)



  • Todd Greeson (b. 1971), American politician, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives (1998-)
  • Martin White Greeson (b. 1866), American developer and eponym of Lake Greeson, Arkansas
  • Greg M. Greeson, American automotive designer and entrepreneur, founder of Eurway in 1980
  • Janet Greeson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nevada 2nd District, 1994

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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



    Other References

    1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 9 February 2016 at 08:06.

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