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

samantha gray
I am Samantha gray

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?

Daniel Gray
I`m Daniel Gray from Northern Ireland

Aimee Gray
From Essex

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

Gary gray
Cape breton island

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

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.

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

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

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


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!

I knew it. Keeping to the Scottish blood and heritage with my new name.

Stacy Stinson
My dad was a gray and I want help

Michael A. Gray
Father is Gary Gray and after that have no clue but would like to find out my lineage

Richard Gray
I firmly belive its from one family tree through the settlement of the Normans they settled in England scotland and Ireland they help invade Wales and were giving seats all over the british Isles also once had a queen who was beheaded something currupt has happened within this family lunage so I believe theres just one gray or grey

Derek Gray
From New England - My Ancestor is John Gray, landed in Portsmouth.

Jason lee gray
From east Yorkshire uk

Daniel Willam Gray
From New Zealand, Would really like to know more. Cheers

Steven Gray
I recently visited Portsmouth Historical Harbour, there was a lady there that could tell you the Origin of the second name Gray, I was told that the name came from the Vikings, Sailing and the Sea are strong in our blood, our motto is faster Anchor faster( ??).I'm From Swansea, South Wales, UK 😉

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