The name ‘Grace’ originates from England. It is derived from the nickname from the Middle English, Old Flemish word ‘grace’ meaning charm, pleasantness (Latin ‘gratia’). The female given name was ‘Grace’ popular in England during the Middle Ages. This seems to have been from the Germanic element ‘gris’ meaning grey, but was soon associated by folk etymology with the nickname. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Grace’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the reign of King Henry III, and King Edward I , were a ‘Ascelin de Gras’, from Norfolk, England, is recorded. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘James Grace’, aged 19, a labourer by trade, from Leicester, England. He emigrated to North America in 1774, sailing from the Port of Bristol aboard the ship named the ‘Sampson’ on the 31st of october 1774, arriving in maryland on the… Coat of arms: Azure, a fe…
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