Show ContentsCregar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Cregar family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the given name Gregory. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Griogain, which translates as son of Gregory.

Early Origins of the Cregar family

The surname Cregar 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.

Early History of the Cregar family

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Cregar Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name Cregar include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacGregor, MacGrigor, MacGrioghair (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the Cregar family

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Ireland Migration of the Cregar family to Ireland

Some of the Cregar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Cregar migration to the United States +

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cregar or a variant listed above:

Cregar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane Cregar, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1894
Cregar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Myra Cregar, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Edward M. Cregar, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Robert P. Cregar, aged 59, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Mary C. Cregar, aged 46, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Robert P. Cregar, aged 65, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Cregar (post 1700) +

  • Laird Cregar (1913-1944), born Samuel Laird Cregar, an American film actor who has a Star on the Walk of Fame (1960)
  • James M. Cregar, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 52nd District, 1968; Candidate in primary for Supervisor of Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, 1974 1

The Cregar Motto +

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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