Grear History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Grear comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes 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 Grear family

The surname Grear 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.

Early History of the Grear family

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

Grear Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Grear has appeared as Greer, Grier, Grear, Grerar, Greir, Greerr, Grearr and many more.

Early Notables of the Grear family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Grear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Grear family to Ireland

Some of the Grear 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.


United States Grear migration to the United States +

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Grear or a variant listed above:

Grear Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Grear, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]

Australia Grear migration to Australia +

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

Grear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Grear, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Grear (post 1700) +

  • Darrell R. Grear, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 17th District, 2002, 2004; Candidate for Texas State Senate 5th District, 2006 [3]
  • Brian D. Grear, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 62nd District, 2008 [3]


The Grear 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: Memor esto
Motto Translation: Be mindful.


  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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