Gray / Grey

The name Gray or Grey in Ireland is usually of immigrant origin having been brought into the Province of Ulster by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It is also derived from the native Gaelic Mac Cathail Riabhaigh Sept of Counties Longford and Leitrim who also anglicized their name as Culreavy.

Origen: Escocés. The noble name Gray was first used by the Boernicians, an ancient Scottish tribe. It is a name for a person who had gray hair. In Scotland, the surname Gray actually came from two different derivations. As a nickname, it came from the Gaelic word riabhach, which means gray. As a habitational name, it derived from the place named Graye, in Calvados. This place-name came from the Gallo-Roman personal name, Gratus, which means welcome or pleasing. Gray is therefore a nickname and a habitation name, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. Habitation names are one of several types of local names, including: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. Members of the Gray family were first found in Northumberland. First found in Northumberland, where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Variantes: Gray, Grey, Groy, Croy, Graye y otros.

Francis Grey & Margaret M ( modificado el 19.03.2017 )
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William Gray & Juana N ( modificado el 19.03.2017 )