McGreagor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the McGreagor family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the given name Gregory. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Griogain, which translates as son of Gregory.

Early Origins of the McGreagor family

The surname McGreagor 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.

Early History of the McGreagor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGreagor research. Another 491 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1000, 1603, 1603, 1888, 1640, 1671, 1734 and are included under the topic Early McGreagor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGreagor Spelling Variations

In various documents McGreagor has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacGregor, MacGrigor, MacGrioghair (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the McGreagor family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McGreagor family to Ireland

Some of the McGreagor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McGreagor family

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McGreagor or a variant listed above: Duncan McGregor settled in South Carolina in 1716; along with Mall; Gregor McGregor settled in Virginia along with John in 1716; John McGregor settled in Boston in 1766.


Contemporary Notables of the name McGreagor (post 1700) +

  • D. E. McGreagor, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1936 [1]


The McGreagor 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.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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