Grigg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the Grigg family. The name Grigg 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 Grigg family

The surname Grigg 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 Grigg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grigg 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 Grigg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grigg Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Grigg has been spelled Gregg, Greig and others.

Early Notables of the Grigg family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Grigg family to Ireland

Some of the Grigg 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 Grigg migration to the United States +

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Grigg:

Grigg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Grigg, aged 16, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • William Grigg, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [2]
  • George Grigg, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [2]
Grigg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Grigg, who arrived in Virginia in 1723 [2]
Grigg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Grigg, aged 41, who landed in Ohio in 1812 [2]

Canada Grigg migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grigg Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Grigg U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Grigg U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [3]

Australia Grigg migration to Australia +

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

Grigg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Grigg, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Jacob Grigg, (b. 1816), aged 21, Cornish sawyer, from Roche, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "City of Edinburgh" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
  • Mr. John Grigg, (b. 1812), aged 25, Cornish carpenter, from Roche, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "City of Edinburgh" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
  • Mrs. Ann Grigg, (b. 1812), aged 25, Cornish housemaid, from Langtry Duock, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "City of Edinburgh" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
  • Miss Elizabeth Grigg, (b. 1834), aged 3, Cornish settler, from Langtry Duock, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "City of Edinburgh" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Grigg 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:

Grigg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Grigg, aged 20, a smith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840
  • Mr. George Grigg, (b. 1811), aged 28, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [6]
  • Mrs. Grigg, (b. 1810), aged 29, British settler travelling from London with a child aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [6]
  • Emma Grigg, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Frederick H. Grigg, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Grigg (post 1700) +

  • William Norman Grigg (1963-2017), American author and senior editor of The New American magazine
  • Ruth H. Grigg, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964 [7]
  • Forrest Porter "Chubby" Grigg Jr. (1926-1983), American NFL football tackle who played from 1946 to 1953
  • Charles Leiper Grigg (1868-1940), American inventor of Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime soda, better known as 7 Up
  • Cecil Burkett "Tex" Grigg (1891-1968), American NFL football running back who played from 1925 to 1927
  • Thomas Henry Grigg (1889-1969), Australian politician
  • Simon Grigg (b. 1955), New Zealand music businessman, writer, broadcaster, publisher and producer
  • Sir Percy James Grigg PC (1890-1964), British civil servant, Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the War Office, Secretary of State for War (1942-1945)
  • Mary Victoria Cracroft Grigg MBE (1897-1971), Lady Polson, a New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament for Mid-Canterbury (1942–1943)
  • John Grigg (1838-1920), English-born, New Zealand astronomer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Pricilla Grigg (1860-1914), née White Canadian Second Class Passenger from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. James Grigg (1860-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, June 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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