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Where did the Scottish Greer family come from? When did the Greer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Greer family history?

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Greer is the given name Gregor. The personal name Gregor, which is the Scottish form of Gregory, is derived from the Latin name "Gregorius" and from the Late Greek name "Gregorios," which mean alert, watchful, or vigilant.

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Historical recordings of the name Greer include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Greer, Grier, Grear, Grerar, Greir, Greerr, Grearr and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greer research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1542 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Greer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Greer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Greer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 164 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Greer, or a variant listed above:

Greer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jane Greer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Greer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Andrew Greer and his family landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1763
  • Jacob Greer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Gerrard Greer, who arrived in America in 1795

Greer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Hannah Greer, aged 12, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Mary Greer, aged 14, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Sarah Greer, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Nathan Greer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Robert Greer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1819


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  • Andrew Sean Greer (b. 1970), American award-winning novelist and short story writer
  • Edward Breaux Greer (b. 1976), American Olympic javelin thrower
  • Judy Greer (b. 1975), born Judith Laura Evans, American Annie Award nominated actress
  • Dr. Pedro Jos Greer Jr (b. 1956), American physician, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health and Society at the Florida International University School of Medicine, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Brigadier-General Frank Upton Greer (1895-1949), American Assistant Commanding General 79th Division (1943-1945)
  • Mary K. Greer (b. 1947), American author
  • Thurman Clyde "Rusty" Greer III (b. 1969), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Sonny Greer (1895-1982), American jazz drummer, best known for his work with Duke Ellington
  • Stuart Greer (b. 1959), American character actor
  • Harold Everett "Hal" Greer (b. 1936), retired American professional NBA basketball player

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  • Greer Family by William Greer Peck.
  • Greer-McNeill Family History by Etta S. Greer.
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