Gryerson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

History reveals the roots of the Gryerson family name in the ancient Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The Gryerson name is derived from Grier, a pet form of the given name Gregory, which means watchful.

Early Origins of the Gryerson family

The surname Gryerson 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.

Important Dates for the Gryerson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gryerson 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 Gryerson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gryerson Spelling Variations

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Gryerson has been spelled Grierson, Greson, Greyson, Grayson, Greirson and others.

Early Notables of the Gryerson 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 Gryerson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gryerson family to Ireland

Some of the Gryerson 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 Gryerson family

In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. 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..

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