Greer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name Greer is derived from 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.

Early Origins of the Greer family

The surname Greer was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn 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.

Important Dates for the Greer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greer research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1542 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Greer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Greer Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Greer include Greer, Grier, Grear, Grerar, Greir, Greerr, Grearr and many more.

Early Notables of the Greer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Greer family to Ireland

Some of the Greer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Greer migration to the United States

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Greer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Greer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jane Greer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Greer Settlers in 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 [1]
  • Gerrard Greer, who arrived in America in 1795 [1]
Greer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Greer, aged 12, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Mary Greer, aged 14, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Sarah Greer, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Nathan Greer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Robert Greer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1819 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Greer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Greer, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Betty Greer, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Greer migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Greer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Greer, (b. 1830), aged 33, Irish labourer travelling from Queenstown, Ireland aboard the ship "Golden Empire" arriving in Brisbane, Australia in July 1863 [2]

Greer migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Greer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Greer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Norfolk" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in August 1851 [3]
  • Mr. Greer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [4]
  • Mrs. Greer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [4]
  • Miss Isabella Greer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [4]
  • Miss Mary Greer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Greer (post 1700)

  • Judy Greer (b. 1975), born Judith Laura Evans, American Annie Award nominated actress, known for playing Kitty Sanchez on the Fox/Netflix series Arrested Development
  • Frank Greer (1878-1943), American Olympic gold medalist for rowing at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Jane Greer (1924-2001), American film and television actress, best known for her role as Kathie Moffat in the 1947 Out of the Past
  • James Greer, American novelist, screenwriter, musician, and critic, known for his work on The Spy Next Door (2010), Max Keeble's Big Move (2001) and Just My Luck (2006)
  • Jabari Amin Greer (b. 1982), American NFL football cornerback for the New Orleans Saints
  • David Hummell Greer (1844-1919), American Protestant Episcopal bishop from Wheeling, Virginia
  • George W. Greer (b. 1942), retired United States judge, Circuit Court Judge for Florida (1992-2010)
  • Robert William "Dabbs" Greer (1917-2007), American actor who appeared in 308 titles, best known for his role as the Reverend Robert Alden in NBC's Little House on the Prairie and his role in the Green Mile (1999)
  • Charlie Greer (1923-1996), American radio personality in Akron, Ohio
  • Breaux Greer (b. 1976), American gold medalist javelin thrower at the 2004 World Athletics Final
  • ... (Another 75 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Golden Empire (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.ozlists.com/genies/shipping/special_lists/s_golden_empire.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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