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  • 4th wife of Thomas Gray (c.1625 - aft.1652)
    The name of the 4th and last wife of Thomas Gray, Ancient Planter in not known. She is seen as Mary Foster, daughter of George Foster & Patience Bigge Foster , without supporting evidence.* the eldest ...
  • Aaron Pinson Gray (1830 - 1903)
    Aaron Pinson Gray BIRTH 1830 Tennessee, USA DEATH 9 Sep 1903 (aged 72–73) Searcy County, Arkansas, USA BURIAL Canaan Cemetery Marshall, Searcy County, Arkansas, USA MEMORIAL ID 37371262 · View Source ...
  • Abby Sylphina Fillmore (1859 - 1928)
    Census : 1900 - Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN* Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees by SmartCopy : Nov 21 2014, 18:28:28 UTC
  • Abigail Gray (Brown) (1732 - 1813)

About the Gray surname

The name has various spellings and includes GRAY and GREY - sometimes different spellings occur in the same generation of a single family.

The first Gray to arrive in the United States was John Gray in about 1620.

The origins of the name would seem to be multiple. An early documented person was Anchetil de Greye - a vassal of William the Conqueror of Normandy (now part of France) and who accompanied him in their conquest of England in the 11th century (see http://www.gray-ons.org/html/origins_of_the_name.html)

Then the Dictionary of American Family Names (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4) gives:

  • English: nickname for someone with GRAY hair or a GRAY beard, from Old English graeg 'GRAY'. In Scotland and Ireland it has been used as a translation of various Gaelic surnames derived from riabhach 'brindled', 'GRAY' (see Reavey). In North America this name has assimilated names with similar meaning from other European languages.
  • English and Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from GRAYE in Calvados, France, named from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gratus, meaning 'welcome', 'pleasing' + the locative suffix -acum.
  • French and Swiss French: habitational name from GRAY in Haute-Saone and Le GRAY in Seine-Maritime, both in France, or from GRAY-la-ville in Switzerland, or a regional name from the Swiss canton of Graubunden.