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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Grier family. The root of their name is 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.

Grier Early Origins



The surname Grier was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn 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.

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Grier Spelling Variations


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Grier Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Grier has been spelled Greer, Grier, Grear, Grerar, Greir, Greerr, Grearr and many more.

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Grier Early History


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Grier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grier research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1542 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Grier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Grier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Grier Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Grier In Ireland


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Grier In Ireland



Some of the Grier 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 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 Griers to arrive in North America:

Grier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Grier purchased land in New Jersey in 1685
  • Fergus Grier, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
  • Fergus Grier joined him in nearby East New Jersey in 1686

Grier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Grier, aged 23, landed in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Thomas Grier, aged 30, arrived in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Jos Grier, who landed in America in 1805
  • Joseph Grier, who arrived in New York in 1812
  • M Grier, aged 35, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Grier arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849

Grier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Grier, aged 30, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Mary Grier, aged 25, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Jane Grier, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Grier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Grier (post 1700)



  • William Hayes Grier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904
  • W. H. Grier, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1876
  • William A. Grier (b. 1850), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Mecklenburg County, 1907-14
  • Theophilus C. Grier (d. 1872), American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 18th Circuit, 1871-72
  • Robert J. Grier, American politician, Circuit Judge in Illinois 9th Circuit, 1919
  • Robert Grier, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920
  • Richard Grier, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1854
  • Philip H. Grier, American politician, Mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1862-70; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Union County, 1866
  • Harry Percy Grier (b. 1871), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Statesville, North Carolina, 1907; Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Iredell County, 1913-16, 1921-22
  • G. M. Grier, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1856
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Grier


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Suggested Readings for the name Grier



  • The Griers: Pioneers in America and Canada, 1816-1991 by William Milton Grier Jr..
  • The Grier, New Mexico Story by Stanley Francis Louis Crocchiola.

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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: Memor esto
Motto Translation: Be mindful.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    11. ...

    The Grier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Grier 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 8 October 2016 at 23:21.

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