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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Gregor family. The root of their name is the given name Gregory. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Griogain, which translates as son of Gregory.

Gregor Early Origins



The surname Gregor was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of DŠl Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, as their origins can be traced back to Griogair, son of the eighth century King Alpin of Scotland, the High King of the Scots and Picts who died in 860 AD. Hence, their famous motto translates from Gaelic as 'Royal is my blood.' They are the principal branch of the Siol Alpine whose representative, King Kenneth the Hardy, was son of MacAlpin, the first King of the Scots.

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Gregor Spelling Variations


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Gregor Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Gregor has been spelled MacGregor, MacGrigor, MacGrioghair (Gaelic) and others.

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Gregor Early History


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Gregor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gregor research. Another 813 words (58 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1000, 1603, 1603, 1888, 1671, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Gregor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gregor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gregor Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gregor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gregor In Ireland


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Gregor In Ireland



Some of the Gregor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 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



Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gregors to arrive in North America:

Gregor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Gregor, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • John Gregor, who arrived in New York in 1819

Gregor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wenzel Gregor, who landed in Wisconsin in 1907

Gregor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Gregor, a cabinet-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Gregor, a tailor, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Gregor, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Gregor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Elizabeth Gregor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gregor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gregor (post 1700)



  • Andrew Gregor (b. 1975), retired American soccer midfielder
  • Colin Gregor (b. 1981), Scottish rugby union player
  • Michael Gregor (1888-1953), born Mikheil Grigorashvili, Russian aircraft engineer of the FDB-1 biplane fighter
  • Michael Gregor, Austrian musician
  • Anthony James Gregor (b. 1929), Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley

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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: 'S Rioghal Mo Dhream
Motto Translation: Royal is my blood.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm

Other References

  1. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  9. 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).
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Gregor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gregor 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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