Gregson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gregson family

The surname Gregson was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Gregson family

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Gregson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gregson, Grigson and others.

Early Notables of the Gregson family (pre 1700)

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Gregson Ranking

In the United States, the name Gregson is the 12,417th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Gregson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gregson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Gregson who settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Thomas Gregson, who landed in Maryland in 1633 [2]
Gregson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Gregson, aged 22, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813 [2]
  • James Gregson, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844

Australia Gregson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gregson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Gregson, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. John Gregson, British convict who was convicted in Derbyshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. James Gregson who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 3rd October 1831, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. John Gregson, English convict who was convicted in Derby, England for life, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. James Gregson, English convict who was convicted in Preston, Lancashire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 25th June 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gregson (post 1700) +

  • Richard Gregson (b. 1930), American Academy Award nominated writer, known for his work on The Angry Silence (1960), Jennifer: A Woman's Story (1979) and The Foundation (1977)
  • Edwin Gregson (1938-2000), American actor, known for The Naked and the Dead (1958)
  • Matthew Gregson (1749-1824), English antiquary, born at Liverpool, son of Thomas Gregson, shipbuilder, of Liverpool, previously of Whalley, Lancashire [8]
  • Simon Alan Gregson (b. 1974), English British Soap Award winning actor, known for his roles in Coronation Street (1960), Coronation Street: After Hours (1999) and Red Dwarf (1988)
  • John Gregson (1919-1975), English actor, known for his roles in Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956), The Longest Day (1962) and Genevieve (1953)
  • Clive Gregson (b. 1955), English singer/songwriter, musician and record producer
  • Malcolm Edward Gregson (b. 1943), English professional golfer
  • Edward Gregson (b. 1945), English composer
  • Peter Gregson (b. 1987), Scottish cellist and composer, known for his work on The Inbetweeners 2 (2014), Me and Orson Welles (2008) and In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  • Thomas George Gregson (1798-1874), English-born, 2nd Premier of Tasmania in 1857
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Michael Oswald Gregson (1923-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Edward H G Gregson (b. 1905), English Commander serving for the Royal Navy from East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Miss Mary Gregson, aged 44, English Stewardess from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 16 [11]


The Gregson 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: Altius
Motto Translation: I aim


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emily
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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