McGregor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McGregor family. 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 McGregor family

The surname McGregor 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 McGregor family

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

McGregor Spelling Variations

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McGregor has been spelled MacGregor, MacGrigor, MacGrioghair (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the McGregor family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McGregor family to Ireland

Some of the McGregor 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.


United States McGregor migration to the United States +

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McGregors to arrive on North American shores:

McGregor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Duncan McGregor, who settled in South Carolina in 1716
  • Gregor McGregor, who settled in Virginia along with John in 1716
  • William McGregor, who landed in North Carolina in 1745 [1]
  • John McGregor, who settled in Boston in 1766
  • Duncan McGregor, who landed in New Jersey in 1774 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McGregor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander McGregor, who landed in America in 1800 [1]
  • James McGregor, who landed in America in 1810 [1]
  • Renold McGregor, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Malcom McGregor, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Neil McGregor, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McGregor migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGregor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John McGregor, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John McGregor, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Doctor McGregor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. Alexander McGregor U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Daniel McGregor U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McGregor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alex McGregor, aged 6, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Alexander McGregor, aged 2, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Andrew McGregor, aged 4, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Christian McGregor, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald McGregor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McGregor migration to Australia +

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

McGregor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John McGregor, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • A McGregor, who landed in Sydney, Australia in 1839
  • John McGregor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [4]
  • Andrew McGregor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849 [5]
  • Margaret McGregor, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McGregor 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:

McGregor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander McGregor, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand in 1836 [7]
  • Gregor McGREGOR, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Joseph McGregor, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Ellen McGregor, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. Joseph McGregor, (b. 1814), aged 26, British agriculturalist travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McGregor (post 1700) +

  • Katie McGregor, American athlete
  • Douglas McGregor (1906-1964), American business theorist and management professor at MIT
  • Don McGregor (b. 1945), American comic book writer
  • Dion McGregor (1922-1994), American songwriter
  • Keli McGregor (b. 1963), American professional football player in the NFL and president of the Colorado Rockies from 2001 to 2010
  • Gregor McGregor (1848-1914), Scottish-born Australian politician and trade union leader
  • Ewan Gordon McGregor (b. 1971), Scottish two-time Golden Globe nominated actor, best known for his role as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
  • Allan McGregor (b. 1982), Scottish footballer
  • Alistair McGregor (b. 1981), Scottish field hockey goalkeeper
  • Mrs. Carol Diane McGregor M.B.E. (b. 1944), née Lawson, British Producer and Actress best known for Stroke of Genius, Bobby Jones and Long Way Round, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to charity [8]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Alfred McGregor (b. 1921), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert McGregor, British Leading Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Leonard Mcgregor, British Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert McGregor (1918-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
  • George Douglas McGregor (1918-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Agnes Mcgregor, Scottish Stewardess from Glasgow, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. J. McGregor (d. 1912), aged 30, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [14]


The McGregor 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.


Suggested Readings for the name McGregor +

  • 2033 McGregor History by Howard W. McGregor.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF BRONTE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DukeOfBronte.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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