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Where did the Scottish Gregg family come from? What is the Scottish Gregg family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gregg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gregg family history?

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.

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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.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gregg research. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1273, 1379, 1488, and 1502 are included under the topic Early Gregg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Gregg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Gregg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Gregg, who arrived in New England in 1712
  • James Gregg who landed in New Hampshire in 1718
  • David Gregg, who arrived in New England in 1722
  • Hugh Gregg settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766
  • John Conrad Gregg, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770

Gregg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Gregg, who arrived in Maryland in 1808
  • Andrew Gregg, aged 20, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • John Gregg, who landed in America in 1814
  • Alexander Gregg settled in South Carolina in 1820
  • Alexander Gregg settled in New York in 1822


Gregg Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Eliza Gregg, aged 1, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Fanny Gregg, aged 34, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Gregg, aged 4, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Michael Gregg, aged 23, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Gregg settled in Canada in 1839

Gregg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Anne Gregg arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Eliza Gregg arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Madgy Gregg arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Ann Ryland Gregg arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • Fanny Gregg, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851


Gregg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Gregg, aged 38, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Christina Gregg, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842

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  • 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-)
  • David McMurtrie Gregg (1833-1916), American farmer, diplomat, and a Union cavalry general in the American Civil War
  • 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)
  • Alexander White Gregg (1855-1919), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1903-1919), Chairman of House War Claims Committee (1913-1919)

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  • 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.
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The Gregg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gregg 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 21 April 2015 at 09:56.

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