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The name Gregory is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the personal name Gregory.
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 "this family is traced to John Gregory, Lord of the manors of Freseley and Asfordby, who married Maud, daughter of Sir Roger Moton, of Peckelton, knight; his son Richard Gregory, of the same places, died in the year 1292. " 
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 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Gregory History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 201 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gregory Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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 United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Gregory, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
- Richard Gregory, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
- John Gregory (1612–1689), 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 United States in the 18th Century
- Benjamin Gregory, who landed in Mississippi in 1799
Gregory Settlers in 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
Gregory Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Moses Gregory U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. Richard Gregory U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River
- Mr. Richard P. Gregory U.E. (b. 1751) who settled in Kingston, Kings Co., NB c. 1784 he died in 1847
Gregory Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Gregory, who arrived in Canada in 1840
- Carter Gregory, who landed in Canada in 1841
Gregory Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Richard Gregory, a thatcher, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- George Gregory arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
- Mary Anne Gregory arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
- William Gregory arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837
- Susanna Gregory arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837
Gregory Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Gregory, aged 32, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Mary Gregory, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Robert Gregory, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Rhoda Gregory, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Martha Gregory, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Lieutenant-General Edmund Bristol Gregory (1882-1961), American Quartermaster-General (1940-1944)
- Lieutenant Colonel (USAF, Ret.) William George Gregory (b. 1957), former NASA astronaut with 16 days in space
- Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Frederick Drew Gregory (b. 1941), NASA Astronaut with over 455 hours in space
- Horace Gregory (1898-1982), prize-winning American poet, translator of classic poetry, literary critic and college professor
- Earle Davis Gregory (1897-1972), World War I Medal of Honor recipient
- James Gregory (b. 1946), American stand-up comedian
- Mr. John Henry Gregory (d. 1915), English Trimmer from Peckham, London, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. David Gregory (d. 1912), aged 43, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Mr. Frederick Gregory, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Richard Langton Gregory (b. 1923), British psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol
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 Translation: Watchfully.
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- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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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