McGregger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name McGregger 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 McGregger family

The surname McGregger 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 McGregger family

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

McGregger Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McGregger has been spelled MacGregor, MacGrigor, MacGrioghair (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the McGregger family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McGregger family to Ireland

Some of the McGregger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada McGregger migration to Canada +

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McGregger family emigrate to North America:

McGregger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Rob McGregger U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 47 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [1]
  • Mrs. Susannah McGregger U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 93 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [1]
  • Master. Charles McGregger U.E. (b. 1772), aged 11 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 148 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [1]


The McGregger 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. ^ 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


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