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What does the name Gray mean?

The Gray surname has two prominent hypothesised points of origin, both prevalent across Britain. Firstly (and most commonly in Scotland) Gray is believed to be a descriptive name, referring to those who had grey hair or complexion (from the Scots word). Secondly, a number of people with the surname Gray descend from the Normans who arrived from the town of Graye-sur-Mer, Normandy. Notably a knight named Anchetil de Greye was known to have fought at the Battle of Hastings and is believed to be the ancestor of a large number of these individuals.

The earliest occurrence of the Gray surname in our family history documents is from 1432, and we currently have 2,411,412 records where Gray appears.

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