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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacGregor is the given name Gregory. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Griogain, which translates as son of Gregory.

MacGregor Early Origins



The surname MacGregor was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál 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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MacGregor Spelling Variations


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MacGregor Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name MacGregor include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacGregor, MacGrigor, MacGrioghair (Gaelic) and others.

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MacGregor Early History


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MacGregor Early History



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

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MacGregor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacGregor Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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MacGregor In Ireland


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MacGregor In Ireland



Some of the MacGregor 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



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name MacGregor, or a variant listed above:

MacGregor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James MacGregor, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Greggie and Jane Macgregor settled in Georgia in 1737
  • Dunham Macgregor, who arrived in Maryland in 1747
  • John Macgregor, who arrived in Maryland in 1747

MacGregor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter MacGregor, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1811
  • James Macgregor, who landed in New York, NY in 1831
  • Fanny Macgregor, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Catherine MacGregor, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • David Macgregor, aged 16, who settled in America from Dundee, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacGregor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry R. MacGregor, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Dundee, in 1903
  • D S MacGregor, aged 38, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1903
  • C. Macgregor, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Gregor Macgregor, aged 25, who landed in America from Inverness, Scotland, in 1908
  • Charlotte J. Macgregor, aged 30, who settled in America from Brisbane, Australia, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacGregor Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Ella MacGregor, aged 47, who settled in Monteral, Canada, in 1910
  • Henry Macgregor, aged 53, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1918
  • Ian. C. Macgregor, aged 22, who emigrated to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1918

MacGregor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Gregor MacGregor, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGregor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGregor (post 1700)



  • Cammy MacGregor (b. 1968), American tennis player, active from the mid-80s until 1995
  • Clark MacGregor (1922-2003), American politician, Republican U.S. Representative from Minnesota
  • Mary MacGregor (b. 1948), American singer
  • Gregor MacGregor (1786-1845), Scottish soldier, adventurer who fought in the South American struggle for independence
  • Clifford J. MacGregor (1904-1985), American Arctic explorer and naval aviator
  • Frances A. MacGregor, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 13th District, 1961
  • Ernest C. MacGregor, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1935
  • Duane MacGregor, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984
  • Clark MacGregor (1922-2003), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota 3rd District, 1961-71; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1964, 1968
  • Clarence MacGregor (1872-1952), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 8th District, 1908-12; U.S. Representative from New York 41st District, 1919-28
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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MacGregor Historic Events


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MacGregor Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Arthur L. Macgregor, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Betsy Macgregor, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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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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MacGregor Clan Badge


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MacGregor Clan Badge




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MacGregor Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacGregor
Aree, Argyl, Arra, Arrowsmith, Arrowsmithe, Arrowsmithy, Arrowsmord, Arrowsmorde, Arrowsmork, Arrowsmorth, Arrowsmyth, Arrowsmythe, Athersmith, Athersmithy, Athersmord, Athersmorde, Athersmork, Athersmorth, Barrowdale, Baumaker, Bawers, Bawier, Bawmaker, Beaers, Beaier, Beauar, Beauer, Beauers, Beauier, Beauyr, Beeuer, Begland, Beiuer, Beuers, Beuier, Boaers, Boaier, Boanacer, Boanacre, Boanaker, Boanakker, Boar, Boeers, Boeier, Bomacre, Bomaker, Bomakker, Boughar, Bougher, Boughers and more.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. 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.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    11. ...

    The MacGregor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacGregor 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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