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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Typical jobs for Grays
Hard-working people, the Grays. 2171 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Grays lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Gray in London.
Grays’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Grays were angels, apparently. We found 1955 in criminal records.
Grays in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3427 Grays served in the First World War.