Last name: Gray

Recorded as Gray, Graye, Grey, Greye, de Grey, MacGray, McGray, McGrah, McGreay, McGrey, and possibly others, this ancient Anglo-Scottish surname has at least two possible origins. The first was Old English and a nickname or personal name for a man with grey hair or beard, from the pre 7th century word "graeg", meaning grey. Although the name means the same in Scotland and Ireland,name holders there took their name from the early Gaelic word "riabhach" which also means brindled or grey. The second separate origin is French and locational. As such it is from the village of Graye in Calvados, Normandy, and was introduced into the British Isles after the famous Conquest of 1066. The village was called from the Roman personal name "Gratus" meaning welcome, with the suffix "acum," a settlement. Early recordings of the surname include Baldwin Grai, in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1173, and Henry de Gray, in the Pipe Rolls of Nottinghamshire, dated 1196. Other examples include Henry Gray and Jone Darby married at St. Margaret's, Westminster, on November 30th 1539 and Catherine MacGray, christened at Endell Street lying in hospital, city of London on March 17th 1763. Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771), the poet, was most well known for his "Elegy in a Country Churchyard", published in 1751. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Anschitill Grai. This was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Oxfordshire, during the reign of King William 1st, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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My grandmother was Gladys Mary Gray, b 1905, Bournemouth, UK > Robert Gray b 1845, Ford, Northumberland, UK (married to Eva Catherine Wakem) > William Gray b 1813, Ford, Northumberland, UK (married to Jane Middlemiss) - if anybody has information on the Grays from Northumberland, it would be great to share it!

Paula gray

My family are all in Scotland from what I can remember my Nanna was margeret gray my papa was Gary gray my uncle Alan gray my dad Brian gray And a few others. Mainly gargunnock,Glasgow and Stirling x

Robert Gray
Im Robert Gray Jr my dad was also Robert im from Vancouver BC Canada and im just searching to see who and where i came from

Ariana Holman
Does anyone know what the coat of arms means? It would help me on my family project if anyone knows!

Donna Walters
My grandfather was Michael A. Gray He married Amelia Sunderland. I think his father was William A. Gray. Then his was Henry Gray. Then his was Caleb Augustine Gray 1766 - 1849. If anyone one would know anything about him would you please post it here.

Anna Gray
Wow! That's so cool. :)

Gary gray
Cape breton island

Aliyah de Gray
Hey y'all! I'm from Oxford but living in France!

Aimee Gray
From Essex

Daniel Gray
I`m Daniel Gray from Northern Ireland

I heard my ancestors came to america in the late 1700's and that the first gray was born here in 1802. I also heard that many scots were forces to give up their clan names and so took the names of gray, brown, green, etc. Any truth to that?

samantha gray
I am Samantha gray

Rach Gray
Gray ancestry traced back to Ayreshire, Scotland. They are still there, too.

David Jordon William Gray
I am trying to trace my surname roots, all I know is my father, Frederick John William Gray was born in Edinburgh (proven by my birth certificate), something to do with Murray of Atholl, someone called Robert Bruc, (although my mother is not sure if this is true). If anyone can help me I would be very Greatful

Shirley Frank
My Gray family background stems from Suffolk, particularly Woodbridge and Tunstall - anyone else have these connections?

Cody Gray

From Ottawa Ontario.

kellyann gray meenan
This was my dads name, alan neil gray!! I have been looking for him for23 years now if anyone could help!! Thanks

Matt Sears
My name is Matt Sears, I am currently coordinating research into the Romany Community of Britain. As part of this study we will be taking DNA samples from males who carry documented Romany surnames, Gray being one of those chosen. The research has full ethical approval and the results will be accessible online towards the end of the study. If your Gray paternal ancestry has Romany origins and you can provide some detail of your male line back to 1900 or thereabouts we would be interested in sending you a kit through the post. The study is free, the results will help us better understand the origins of Britain 19s Romany community. Looking forward to hearing from you.

kellyann gray meenan
I would love to take part!!let me know plz thanks

Tim Gray
I'm from the United States but having trouble tracing my Gray line back to Britain. It's driving me nuts. I can trace my line to 1819 with 100% certainty(with YDNA testing of known family members of that family from today) but before that the trail goes cold.

ruan riley
My grt,grt grandmother was from kilkenny. her name was Anna Riley nee Gray, she went to eng land in around about 1852. with John Riley and children Michael and William, they had a son named Thomas born in England, 1856

Danielle Louise Gray
My family have dated our family tree back to the 1700s so far. turns out we have a rather large family! As for me i am an 1/8th scottish!

Adriana Gray
My name is Adriana Michelle Gray :) Proud of my Scottish side!

Michelle Frost
My Mum is Shirley Joy Gray, she had 5 brothers and sisters and her Dad was Leslie James Gray. We are from Australia, but my Mum knows nothing about the Grays! Does anyone know who my Great Grandfather might have been?

Adrian Robert Gray
I am Adrian Robert Gray.

John Heaton Gray
My Gray's are from Misterton, Nottinghamshire