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GRAY - Name Meaning & Origin


GRAY Surname Meaning & Origin:

1) Nickname for a man with gray hair, or a gray beard, from the Old English groeg, meaning "grey."

2) A place name, for one who originated in Graye in Calvados, from Latin gratus, or "welcome."

Gray is the 79th most popular surname in the United States. Gray is also popular in England, coming in as the 78th most common surname.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname GRAY:

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FamilySearch - GRAY Genealogy
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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