Gray Family History
Gray Name Meaning
English Scottish and Irish (especially Eastern Ulster; of Norman origin): habitational name from Graye in Calvados France named from the Gallo-Roman personal name Graec(i)us meaning ‘Greek’ + the locative suffix -acum. This is probably the chief source of the surname in Britain. English: nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard from Middle English grey (Old English grǣg grēg) ‘gray’. In Ireland it has been used as a translation of various Gaelic surnames derived from riabhach ‘brindled gray’ including Mac Giolla Riabhaigh; see McGreevy . In North America this surname has assimilated names with similar meaning from other languages. French: habitational name from Gray in Haute-Saône or Le Gray in Seine-Maritime.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022