Gregg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the Gregg family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Gregg name is derived from a diminutive form of the personal name Gregory. The Gaelic form of the name was Griogair, which was borrowed from the Latin name Gregorius. This in turn came from the Greek name Gregorios, a derivative of the word gregorein, which means to be awake or to be watchful.

Early Origins of the Gregg family

The surname Gregg was first found in Fife and "along the east central coast. In old parish records the name is spelled Greag (1689), Greg, Grege (1536), Gregg, Grieg, Grig (1508) Walter Greg witnessed a charter by Malcolm, earl of Fife, c. 1214-1226 (RHM., II, p. 1). Patrick Grige was admitted burgess of Aberdeen, 1488 (NSCM., I, p. 33), and John Grige held land there, 1493 (REA., I, p. 334). Johannes Greg was chosen common councillor in Aberdeen, 1502." [1]

Early History of the Gregg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gregg research. Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1214, 1488, 1522, 1567, 1739, 1803, 1502 and are included under the topic Early Gregg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gregg Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Gregg has appeared Gregg, Greig and others.

Early Notables of the Gregg family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Gregg family to Ireland

Some of the Gregg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gregg migration to the United States +

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Gregg:

Gregg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Geo Gregg, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [2]
Gregg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Gregg, who arrived in New England in 1712 [2]
  • James Gregg who landed in New Hampshire in 1718
  • David Gregg, who arrived in New England in 1722 [2]
  • Hugh Gregg, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766
  • John Conrad Gregg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770 [2]
Gregg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Gregg, who arrived in Maryland in 1808 [2]
  • Andrew Gregg, aged 20, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [2]
  • John Gregg, who landed in America in 1814 [2]
  • Alexander Gregg, who settled in South Carolina in 1820
  • Alexander Gregg, who settled in New York in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Gregg migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gregg Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Gregg, aged 1, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Fanny Gregg, aged 34, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Gregg, aged 4, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Michael Gregg, aged 23, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • William Gregg, aged 5, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Gregg migration to Australia +

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

Gregg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Gregg, (b. 1812), aged 30, Cornish carpenter departing from Plymouth in October 1841 aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 26th February 1842 [3]
  • Mrs. Anna Maria Gregg, (b. 1816), aged 26, Cornish house maid departing from Plymouth in October 1841 aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 26th February 1842 [3]
  • Mr. John Gregg, (b. 1822), aged 20, Cornish labourer departing from Plymouth in October 1841 aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 26th February 1842 [3]
  • Anne Gregg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [4]
  • Eliza Gregg, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Gregg migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gregg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Gregg, aged 38, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Christina Gregg, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • A.J. Gregg, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1868 [5]
  • Mr. Walter Gregg, (b. 1844), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [5]
  • Mrs. Louisa Gregg, (b. 1843), aged 31, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gregg (post 1700) +

  • David McMurtrie Gregg (1833-1916), American farmer, diplomat, Union cavalry general in the American Civil War
  • Julie Gregg (1937-2016), American Tony Award nominated television, film and stage actress, best known for her portrayal of Sandra Corleone in The Godfather
  • Eric Eugene Gregg (1951-2006), American umpire in Major League Baseball from 1975 to 1999
  • Alvis Forrest Gregg (b. 1933), former American football player and coach inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Donald Phinney Gregg (b. 1927), retired American politician and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Korea (1989-)
  • Dr. David Paul Gregg, American inventor of the optical disc in 1958
  • David Lawrence Gregg (1819-1868), American politician and diplomat, United States Commissioner to the Kingdom of Hawaii (1853-1857), 11th Illinois Secretary of State (1850-1853)
  • David Gregg (1846-1919), American minister at Park Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts and author
  • Robert Clark Gregg (b. 1962), American actor, screenwriter and director, best known for his role as Phil Coulson in the films Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
  • Andrew Gregg (1755-1835), American politician, United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1807-1813)
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Walter Alfred George Gregg (d. 1945), British Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [6]


Suggested Readings for the name Gregg +

  • 1200 "A Crane's Foot (or Pedigree) of Branches of the Gregg, Stuart, Robertson, Dobbs and Allied Families" by E. Stuart Gregg Jr., "William Grigg I, Immigrant to the Virginia Colony: 340 Years of His Descendants, 1640-1980" by Cleo Grigg Johnson.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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