Gregeray is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the personal name Gregory.
Early Origins of the Gregeray family
The surname Gregeray was first found in Leicestershire
where "this family is traced to John Gregory, Lord of the manors of Freseley and Asfordby, who married Maud, daughter of Sir Roger Moton, of Peckelton, knight; his son Richard Gregory, of the same places, died in the year 1292. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Gregeray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gregeray research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1451, 1625, 1696, 1678, 1677, 1646, 1691, 1638, 1675, 1598, 1652, 1625, 1720 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Gregeray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gregeray Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gregeray has been recorded under many different variations, including Gregory, Gregorie, Gregorey and others.
Early Notables of the Gregeray family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Charles Gregory, Lord Mayor of London in 1451; Sir William Gregory (1625-1696), a British judge and politician, Speaker of the House of Commons in 1678, he purchased the manor and estate of How Caple, Herefordshire
in 1677; Edmund Gregory ( fl.
1646, died 1691)... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gregeray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gregeray family to Ireland
Some of the Gregeray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gregeray family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gregeray or a variant listed above: Alexander, Ben and Thomas Gregorie who settled in Virginia in 1635; Charles Gregory settled in Virginia in 1652; along with Francis, George, James, Joseph, Thomas, all of whom settled at that same time in Virginia.
The Gregeray 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 Translation: Watchfully.