Last name: Graham

Although now widely associated with Scotland and Ireland, this distinguished surname is of Anglo-Saxon origins. It was a locational name originally from the town of Grantham in Lincolnshire, and as such recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as both Graham and Grandham. The translation is either the homestead (ham) on the gravel from the Olde English pre 7th century grand, meaning gravel, or perhaps the personal name "Granta" and hence Granta's homestead. Locational surnames usually developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. The surname Graham was taken to Scotland at the beginning of the 12th Century by the Norman baron William de Graham (see below), holder of the manor in Lincolnshire, from whom many if not all modern bearers are probably descended. James Graham, first marquis and fifth Earl of Montrose (1612 - 1650), fought on behalf of Charles 1st and became lieutenant- general to Charles 11 in 1648. This most notable surname has no less that forty-five entries in the "Dictionary of National Biography", and over forty coats of arms granted to families of the name. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Graham, which was dated 1127, in the Foundation Charter of Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh, during the reign of King David 1st of Scotland, 1124 - 1153.

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Blair Graham Mitchell

I come from a long long long line of James Graham (s) They were all James Blair Graham and I was told that Blair was also a family name that had been passed down for many generations. I need to get with my grandmother and find out when we came to the US. I will provide more information here as I gather it. Does anyone know much about the Blair name as well?

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Kayla states
I am the daughter of Hugh Graham who died in 1982
My great- great-great grand father Jacob Graham was from Cumberland in England he migrated to St. James Jamaica as a slave master where he fathered six sons with an African woman surnamed BERNARD he died in Jamaica sometime around 1816 and 1820 two of his brothers were William and Joseph and a nephew by the name of John Graham. My great -great grand father was named after him. he had my great grand father Robert who fathered two sons Lionel and Edwin who is my grand father.
Edwin married a German woman named Maria Cashner -Somers the union produced three children Fredrick Hugh and Ethlyn . It would be so good if someone could give some more information on the family of Jacob Graham

Michelle Hodgson

My grandfather was William Richard Graham born in Carlisle however, I am having great difficulty researching the family, one through lack of confirmation that I'm actually tracing the correct line of Graham's and two because each family seemed to name their sons and daughters the same as the next family of Grahams. I am unable to find a record of my grandfather William Richard Graham born 17.09.1908 (parents - Thomas Graham b1882 - Labourer Auction Mart and K(C)atherine Graham nee Jeffery b 1883) but believe they lived in South John Street along with a number of other Graham Families. My Grandfather was one of 11 (Annie, Maggie, George, Thomas, May, Rachel, William, Harold, Catherine and Robert, and one child that died according to 1911 census.) If you can help please email me at shelleyhod07@gmail.com.

terry graham

Any Graham's in Australia with relatives from John Graham and Jane Graham (nee Stewart). Son Charles born in Fortitude Valley Queensland around 1870?

Victoria Graham

My last names graham (':

Jael Graham
Wow! My great grandpa came from Scotland and has the Graham clan tartan and I really wanted to try and get a crystal clear image of my heritage so I clicked on this website to find out.

Sandra L. Holst

I am trying to find out for sure who John Graham born 1790 in New London, Ct. and married Sarah Beebe born 1798 also New London she died in 1891 in Fairmont, Mn. Married 8 May 1814, John died abt 30 Sept. 1854 in Sheboygan, Wi. I have different info on his parents and would like your infor on finding the right ones. My e-mail is sholst1@wi.rr.com

Denise

I am trying to trace my "Graham" family tree. Most of the family came from Askrigg Yorkshire. Nana Alice Graham 1889 (Married name Webb) William T Graham 1864 William Graham 1819 John Graham 1791 - Elizabeth Thwaite 1791 John Graham 1760 - Jane Metcalfe 1764 Rev Jeffrey Graham 1733 - Alice Crookley 1736 I am at a stand still and would appreciate any information. My email address is d. Rucker@hotmail.com

Donald.AM Graham. MA

The Grahams are one of the most aristocratic, and ancient of the Scottish clans. Indeed, they considered themselves to be a family, rather than, a Clan, as such. Th enigma however, Is that the majority of Grahams, appear to be haplotype ( dna ) R1b , which is Pictish/ Celtic DNA. Were they Norman / Flemish, as contemporary history suggests, their DNA, would be R1a. The Grahams, in the main, were a wealthy, landowning family, whose original role, were as bodyguards, to the King. They were a proud and martial Clan, who inflicted a resounding defeat, on the army of Oliver Cromwell, in the Pass of Aberfoyle.The only occasion, that Cromwell, was ever defeated. They were loved by the Highlanders, were Gaelic speakers, and counted as their allies, Clans Stewart, and Wallace. The Grahams , were characterised by their integrity, bravery, and loyalty. If YOU, are a Graham, then you have a great deal, to be proud of. NE OUBLIE.

TerrellGraham
Im a black male with the last name Graham. Probably gained it from a slave master.

Natasha Preston

I'm looking for a David graham. Born in Carlisle 1961, married Jayne bell.

ETHEL

My great grandmother was Elizabeth Graham from St Bartholomew and later moved to St Kitts (1800s) where she married Samuel Douglas. Looking for any family.

carol states
My great great grandmother was from Scotland and moved to Ireland and later her and some of her siblings moved to America her mothers name was Jane crozier and her husbands name was John graham my great great grandmothers husband died shortly after moving to Nebraska leaving her to raise 6 children and to take care of farming she dealt with Indians and taught school I am so proud of her I want to learn as much has I can about where she came from

Bruce Graham
Hi y ' all ! I too am deeply engaged upon trying to trace my Ancestral Roots. To make it clear where I'm at; I have traced my 4 X Gr.Grand-dad as William Graham ,b.1740, Middlebie and his wife Jean Johnston, b.1747, also Middlebie and my 4 X Gr, Grandma. I have been " stuck " at 1740 for a LONG TIME ! I have done both Y-DNA and mt-DNA tests, and the results show I am of the Haplotype J1. I have obtained Records of Grahams , going back to pre-Lang Wul , and I am more than happy to communicate with any Graa\ham or descendant of a Graham , Grimes , Greame etc. For those who believe we all descend from a Norman Knight , who arrived with William the Conc.....I have to say " Sorry I disagree. For one thing the Normans were not J1 Haplotypes, Secondly there are HEAPS of Grahams , either living in The Border Country or who descend from there who are J1's. I believe we got that Gene type from Roman Legionaires, many of whom were Mercenarys , like Syrian Slingshotsmen etc. J1 originated in The Fertile Crescent , or which modern Syria is part. I have gathered up MASSES of info. about The Grahams, including the King James Lists of those sentto Holland in 1605 and whole Graham Families sent to Ireland in 1606. I am very happy to share all this info. ...just " Gi us a wee HOY at:-bruros@clear.net.nz; Look forward to hearing from you, Cheers the 'noo, Bruce Edwin Graham