The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Greirson. It is derived from Grier,
a pet form of the given name Gregory,
which means watchful.
Early Origins of the Greirson family
The surname Greirson 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.
Early History of the Greirson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greirson 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 Greirson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Greirson Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. Greirson has been spelled Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.
Early Notables of the Greirson 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 Greirson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Greirson family to Ireland
Some of the Greirson 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
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Migration of the Greirson family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. 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..
The Greirson 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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