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Where did the Scottish Greer family come from? What is the Scottish Greer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Greer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Greer family history?The old Scottish-Dalriadan name Greer is derived 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.
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Greer include Greer, Grier, Grear, Grerar, Greir, Greerr, Grearr and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Greer research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1542 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Greer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Greer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Greer 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.
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Greer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Greer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Greer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Greer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Greer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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.
The Greer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greer 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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