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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Gregory family come from? What is the English Gregory family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gregory family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gregory family history?

The name Gregory is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the personal name Gregory.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gregory has undergone many spelling variations, including Gregory, Gregorie, Gregorey and others.

First found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gregory research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1451, 1625, 1696, 1678, 1677, 1646, 1691, 1638, 1675, 1598, 1652, 1625, 1720, 1664 and are included under the topic Early Gregory History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gregory Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gregory family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gregory were among those contributors:

Gregory Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Gregory, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Richard Gregory, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John Gregory (16121689), English founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut from Nottinghamshire in the 1630s, he served in the General Court of the Connecticut Colony for many years
  • Henry Gregory, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Georg Gregory, who arrived in Virginia in 1635


Gregory Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Benjamin Gregory, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Gregory Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Casper, Enoch, Jacob, James, John, Patrick, Steven, Thomas, and William Gregory settled in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860
  • M Gregory, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Michael Gregory, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Robert Gregory, aged 27, landed in Tennessee in 1812
  • Bridget Gregory, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vigilanter
Motto Translation: Watchfully.

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The Gregory Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gregory Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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