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Greyson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient Strathclyde Briton name Greyson is derived from Grier, a pet form of the given name Gregory, which means watchful.


Early Origins of the Greyson family


The surname Greyson 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 Greyson family


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

Greyson Spelling Variations


Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Greyson has been spelled Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.

Early Notables of the Greyson 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...
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Migration of the Greyson family to Ireland


Some of the Greyson 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Greyson family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greyson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Greyson, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Greyson (post 1700)


  • Ashley "Ash" Greyson, American film and music video director, cinematographer, editor, and producer, nominated for a 2006 Hollywood Film Festival award
  • Charles Bruce Greyson (b. 1946), American Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia
  • John Greyson (b. 1960), Canadian filmmaker, professor at York University
  • Greyson Michael Chance (b. 1997), American pop rock singer and pianist

The Greyson 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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