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On the Scottish west coast, the Greear family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their 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.

Greear Early Origins



The surname Greear was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.

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Greear Spelling Variations


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Greear Spelling Variations



In various documents Greear has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Greer, Grier, Grear, Grerar, Greir, Greerr, Grearr and many more.

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Greear Early History


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Greear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greear research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1542 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Greear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Greear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greear Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Greear In Ireland


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Greear In Ireland



Some of the Greear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 164 words (12 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Greear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R. T. Greear, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1895

Greear Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Greear, aged 49, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Cathanna Greear, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Gertrude Greear, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Thomas Greear, aged 19, who arrived in America, in 1920

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greear (post 1700)



  • Mary Elizabeth Greear (1914-2002), birth name of Joan Barclay, an American film actress of the 1930s and 1940s
  • Mike Greear, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (2011-)
  • J.D. Greear Ph.D. (b. 1937), Lead Pastor at the Summit Church of Raleigh- Durham, North Carolina
  • John F. Greear, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 6th District, 1904-07
  • Dan Greear, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2008

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    9. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Greear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greear 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 November 2015 at 11:29.

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