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The story of the name Grey begins with a family in the Boernician tribe of the ancient Scottish-English border region. Grey is a name for a person who had gray hair. In Scotland, the surname Grey actually came from two different derivations. As a nickname, it came from the Gaelic word riabhach, which means gray. As a habitational name, it derived from the place named Graye, in Calvados. This place-name came from the Gallo-Roman personal name, Gratus, which means welcome or pleasing. Grey is therefore a nickname and a habitation name, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames.

Grey Early Origins



The surname Grey was first found in Northumberland, with Anschatel Groy of Haute Saone, Normandy, who fought with William the Conqueror in 1066 AD. After the conquest, Anschatel Groy settled in Chillingham, Northumberland. He was from the department of Haute Saone called Gray, sometimes Groy, or Croy, in Normandy. From this house sprang the Grays of Suffolk, Kent, Tankerville, and Stamford. Some of the earliest records of the name include: Richard de Grey (born c. 1140); and his son, Sir Henry de Grey of Grays Thurrock, Essex (1155-1219), a favourite courtier of King John of England; and his son, Richard de Grey (died 1271) of Codnor, Derbyshire, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1258; and his brother Sir John de Grey (died 1266), an English soldier and High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire (1238-1239) and of High Sheriff of Herefordshire (1252-1253). John de Gray (died 1214) was Bishop of Norwich in Norfolk, and later became Archbishop of Canterbury, but was never confirmed. Backworth in Northumberland was home to one branch of the family. "This place formerly belonged to Tynemouth priory, and afterwards to the Grey family, by whom it was sold to the late Duke of Northumberland, for 95,000." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Barcombe in Sussex was another ancient family seat. "It comprises 3106 acres, whereof 305 are common or waste; and is bounded on the east by the river Ouse, on which is a flour-mill that has existed since the Conquest, and has been for more than a century in the possession of the family of Mr. Russell Gray, who has also established an extensive oilmill at an expense of 10,000." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Grey Spelling Variations


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Grey Spelling Variations



A lack of rules and the tendency of scribes to spell according to the sound of the word plagued medieval spelling. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of spelling variations appeared. Grey has been written Gray, Grey, Groy, Croy, Graye and others.

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Grey Early History


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Grey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grey research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1250, 1296, 1390, 1469, 1445, 1387, 1439, 1416, 1490, 1451, 1501, 1454, 1505, 1490, 1505, 1590, 1660, 1599, 1673, 1611, 1676, 1660, 1676, 1623, 1657, 1674, 1621, 1622 and are included under the topic Early Grey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Andrew Gray, 1st Lord Gray (c.1390-1469), a Scottish nobleman, politician and diplomat; Sir Andrew Gray (d. 1445) of Fowlis, Perthshire; Sir John Grey KG (c.1387-1439), English nobleman and soldier; Edmund Grey (1416-1490), English nobleman; Thomas Grey KG (1451-1501), 7th Baron Ferrers of Groby...

Another 156 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grey In Ireland


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Grey In Ireland



Some of the Grey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 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



Many Scots crossed the Atlantic for North America hoping to escape poverty, as well as persecution. Much of their heritage was lost along the way and overtime. This century, however, Clan societies and highland games have allowed many ancestral Scots to recover their birthright. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Grey arrived in North America very early:

Grey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Grey, who settled in Virginia in 1654

Grey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Grey, aged 38, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Mary Grey, aged 39, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Maria Grey, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Nancy Grey, aged 50, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • John Grey, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Grey, a miner, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Edward Grey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • Henry Grey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • Margaret Grey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  • Elizabeth Grey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848BussorahMerchant.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Grey, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843
  • George Grey, who landed in New Zealand in 1843
  • Benjamin Grey, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Robert Grey, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Thomas Grey, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grey (post 1700)



  • William H. Grey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1868, 1872
  • Tom Grey, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 12th District, 1988
  • Ruth Grey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1956
  • O. H. Grey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1900
  • Norman Grey, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1912
  • Mike Grey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956
  • Mrs. John Wesley Grey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1932
  • Jeffrey W. Grey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 6th District, 1996
  • James Grey, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Georgia, 1966
  • J. C. Grey, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1925-26, 1949-54
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Grey Historic Events


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Grey Historic Events




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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848BussorahMerchant.htm

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Grey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grey 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.

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