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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Greig lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Greig comes 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.

Greig Early Origins



The surname Greig was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from early times.

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Greig Spelling Variations


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Greig Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Greig has been spelled Gregg, Greig and others.

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Greig Early History


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Greig Early History



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

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Greig Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Greig Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Greig In Ireland


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Greig In Ireland



Some of the Greig 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Greig:

Greig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Greig, who arrived in New York in 1800
  • David Greig, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1801
  • Elizabeth Greig, who landed in New York in 1822
  • George Greig, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • J N Greig, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greig Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Felix Greig, aged 30, a baker, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

Greig Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Greig, Scottish convict from Stirling, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • James Wright Greig a carpenter, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Margaret Greig arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • William Greig arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Isabella Greig arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Greig Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Greig landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Greig landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Mandarin
  • David Greig arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Oliver Greig arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Letitia Greig arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Greig (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Greig (post 1700)



  • John Greig MBE (b. 1942), Scottish footballer, voted "The Greatest Ever Ranger" in 1999
  • Samuel Greig (1736-1788), Scottish-born Russian Admiral
  • Andrew Greig (b. 1951), Scottish poet
  • Robert Greig (1887-1955), Australian politician
  • Aleksey Samuilovich Greig (1775-1845), Russian admiral of the Imperial Russian Navy, son of Samuel Grieg
  • Ian Alexander Greig (1955-1982), South African former professional cricketer, who played in two tests for England in 1982, younger brother of Tony Greig
  • Anthony William "Tony" Greig (1946-2012), South African-born, England Test cricket captain turned commentator
  • Tamsin Greig (b. 1967), Olivier Award-winning British actress
  • Keith Greig (b. 1951), Australian rules football player
  • Geoffrey Greig (1897-1960), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm

Other References

  1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. 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. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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The Greig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Greig 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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