Brief Family History
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gray, Grey, Groy, Croy, Graye and others.
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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francis Gray who settled in Virginia in 1635 with his wife Alice; Robert Gray settled in the Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants; David, Edward, Henry, James, John, Joseph, Martha, Patrick, Richard, Samual, Thomas and William Gray, all settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
Motto: Anchor fast anchor.
Coat of Arms: A red shield with a silver lion, within a silver border engrailed.