Graham Family Crest


Graham family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Graham family crest

Argent (silver) - represents the sincere nature and history of peacefulness shown by the Graham family members.

Or (Gold) signifies the generous reputation of the Graham family since ancient times.

Vert (green) - represents family members loyalty in love and hope for the future




 Meaning of the symbols on the Graham family crest 


The three shells - represent early Graham family members journey to far away regions beyond their homeland. 

The three shells can also symbolize the strong command ancient family members had at sea and in particular, command during times of war.


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Origins of the Graham family name

The earliest known origin of the name Graham is from Scotland and England.

The name likely stems from a corruption of the Scottish Gaelic word gramach, meaning "crooked".
The English variation of the name was first used in the 12th century and is thought to be derived from the Old English word græg and hama, meaning "gray home" or "gray village", with a connection to the village of Grantham in  Lincolnshire.

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Summary of the Graham family and the Graham family crest

  • The first recorded use of the name Graham in England is from the Domesday Book in 1086.
  • The first recorded use of the name in Scotland is from a charter of King William the Lion in 1165.
  • The Grahams were one of the first families to be granted a coat of arms by King James IV of Scotland.
  • The Graham family has a long history of service to their country, dating back to the Scottish Wars of Independence.
  • The name was also used in Ireland from the 16th century.
    • The Grahams were supporters of the Jacobite cause during the 17th and 18th centuries.
    • In Scotland, the family has a clan tartan which is predominantly green and blue.
    • The first Graham in America was one William Graham, who arrived in 1620 on the Mayflower.
    • By 1650, many other family members had begun to settle in the modern region of Virginia.
    • Other members of the Graham family followed in the 1700s, settling in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
    • The family became prominent in American politics, business, and society from the 1800s.