John Gray

1552–1603 (Age 51)
Harwich, Essex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Gray was born in 1552, in Harwich, Essex, England, United Kingdom, his father, Sir Thomas Grey, was 42 and his mother, Susanna Watons, was 38. He died in 1603, at the age of 51.

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Sir Thomas Grey
Susanna Watons
Thomas Greye
Richard Graye
John Gray

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Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from Old English græg ‘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.2 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.3 French and Swiss French: habitational name from Gray in Haute-Saône and Le Gray in Seine-Maritime, both in France, or from Gray-laville in Switzerland, or a regional name from the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Legacy NFS Source: John Gray - Family genealogies: birth: before 1555; England
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Gray - Published information: birth-name: John Grey

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