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The ancestors of the Grierson family lived among the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Their name is derived from Grier, a pet form of the given name Gregory, which means watchful.

Grierson Early Origins



The surname Grierson was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.

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Grierson Spelling Variations


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Grierson Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Grierson has appeared as Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.

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Grierson Early History


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Grierson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grierson research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1411, 1547, 1590, 1564, 1657, 1733, 1677, 1760, 1709 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Grierson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grierson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grierson Early Notables (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 Grierson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grierson In Ireland


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Grierson In Ireland



Some of the Grierson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 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



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Grierson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Grierson settled in New Jersey in 1685

Grierson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John and Jane Grierson settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1774
  • William Grierson, aged 23, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Grierson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Grierson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1821
  • James Grierson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1838

Grierson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Grierson U.E. (b. 1741) born in Scotland who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists, he died in 1846 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Grierson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Grierson, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grierson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grierson (post 1700)



  • Margaret Storrs Grierson (1900-1997), American archivist, philosophy professor, and the founder and first director of the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College
  • Benjamin Henry Grierson (1826-1911), American music teacher and later career officer in the United States Army
  • Don Grierson, English music industry executive, best known for his work with bringing The Beatles to the United States and signing Celine Dion to her first American recording contract
  • Joseph Grierson, American politician, U.S. Consul in Coquimbo, 1884
  • Derek Dunlop Grierson (1931-2011), Scottish footballer who played from 1948 to 1962
  • Sir Herbert John Clifford Grierson (1866-1960), Scottish literary scholar editor and literary critic
  • Sir Richard Grierson (1804-1846), Scottish peer, 7th Baronet of Lag & Rockhall
  • Sir Alexander Davidson Grierson (1858-1912), Scottish 9th Baronet of Lag & Rockhall, army officer and Justice of the Peace
  • Sharon Joy Grierson (b. 1951), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Newcastle (2001-2013)
  • Edmund Edward DeLesert Grierson (1860-1922), Canadian politician, Alderman on the Edmonton Town Council (1901-1904)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The Grierson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grierson 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.

This page was last modified on 27 July 2016 at 17:59.

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