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The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McGregor family. Their name comes from the given name Gregory. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Griogain, which translates as son of Gregory.

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The surname McGregor was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, as their origins can be traced back to Griogair, son of the eighth century King Alpin of Scotland, the High King of the Scots and Picts who died in 860 AD. Hence, their famous motto translates from Gaelic as 'Royal is my blood.' They are the principal branch of the Siol Alpine whose representative, King Kenneth the Hardy, was son of MacAlpin, the first King of the Scots.

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McGregor has been spelled MacGregor, MacGrigor, MacGrioghair (Gaelic) and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGregor research. Another 813 words (58 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1000, 1603, 1603, 1888, 1671, 1734 and are included under the topic Early McGregor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGregor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the McGregor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McGregors to arrive on North American shores:

McGregor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Duncan McGregor settled in South Carolina in 1716
  • Gregor McGregor settled in Virginia along with John in 1716
  • William McGregor, who landed in North Carolina in 1745
  • John McGregor settled in Boston in 1766
  • Duncan McGregor, who landed in New Jersey in 1774
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McGregor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McGregor, who landed in America in 1800
  • James McGregor, who landed in America in 1810
  • Renold McGregor, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812
  • Malcom McGregor, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Neil McGregor, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
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McGregor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John McGregor, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John McGregor, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Doctor McGregor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. Alexander McGregor U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Daniel McGregor U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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McGregor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alex McGregor, aged 6, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Alexander McGregor, aged 2, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Andrew McGregor, aged 4, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Christian McGregor, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald McGregor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
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McGregor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John McGregor, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • A McGregor landed in Sydney, Australia in 1839
  • John McGregor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Andrew McGregor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849
  • Margaret McGregor, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
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McGregor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph McGregor landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Peter McGregor landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Joseph McGregor, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Ellen McGregor, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Gregor McGregor landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
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  • Katie McGregor, American athlete
  • Douglas McGregor (1906-1964), American business theorist and management professor at MIT
  • Don McGregor (b. 1945), American comic book writer
  • Dion McGregor (1922-1994), American songwriter
  • Keli McGregor (b. 1963), American professional football player in the NFL and president of the Colorado Rockies from 2001 to 2010
  • Gregor McGregor (1848-1914), Scottish-born Australian politician and trade union leader
  • Ewan Gordon McGregor (b. 1971), Scottish two-time Golden Globe nominated actor, best known for his role as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
  • Allan McGregor (b. 1982), Scottish footballer
  • Alistair McGregor (b. 1981), Scottish field hockey goalkeeper
  • James "Jim" McGregor (1887-1950), South African boxer who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics
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McGregor Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Donald Alexander McGregor (1919-1941), Australian Cook (S) from Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Alfred McGregor (b. 1921), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Robert McGregor, British Leading Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard Mcgregor, British Corporal, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Agnes Mcgregor, Scottish Stewardess from Glasgow, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. J. McGregor (d. 1912), aged 30, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • McGregor History by Howard W. McGregor.
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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: 'S Rioghal Mo Dhream
Motto Translation: Royal is my blood.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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The McGregor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGregor 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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