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Septs were family names that a clan could regard as loyal, either families related to the clan by blood, or families that obtained protection from the clan.

In the times of the Scottish Clans the spelling of the name and the inclusion or exclusion of the Mac or Mc was the preference of the individual. Sometimes a serious family dispute would lead to an individual changing the spelling to show this, or a change might be made to show allegiance to another branch of the clan, or to avoid a persecution. This created the blood related septs.

The introduction of the English language drastically changed the spellings of names. The gaelic sounds were transformed into English words by the registrars of births, deaths and marriages, leading to the spellings and variations we have today.(Introduction courtesy of Stronvar of Laird)

Issued by the Clan Gregor Society
(January 2000)

Accepted MacGregor Names and Septs

Alpin/MacAlpin Grigor/MacGrigor MacEan/MacEwin
Fletcher/MacLeister Gruer/Grewer/MacGruder/Macgruder Macilduy
Greer/Grier King MacLiver
Gregg/Grigg MacAdam MacNie/MacNee
Gregor/MacGregor Macara/Macaree Malloch
Gregson/Gregorson Macaldowie Neish/MacNeish/MacNeice
Gregory MacChoiter Patullo
Greig MacConachie Peter(s)/MacPeter(s)
Grierson MacCrowther/MacGrowther Petrie/MacPetrie

Documented Aliases of MacGregor from the Proscription

Bain/Black Comrie Mor
Bowers Dochart Roy
Bowie Dunn Skinner
Beachley Landless White/Whyte
Coleman Lakie/Lechie/Lockie Willox

Traditional Aliases with Little Documented Evidence

Argyl Clark Dowie Kirkwood Macghee Nucator Tainsh
Arrowsmith Craigdallie Fisher Leishman MacGill Orr Teifer
Begland Crerar Gair MacAndrew MacGrew Paterson Telford
Bowmaker Crowther Goodsir MacAngus Macnocaird Peat Tossach
Brewer Denison Grayson MacCanish Macnucator Peterson Walker
Caird Docherty Gudger MacGeach Nelson Shankland Weliver
Callander Dorward Guiness MacGehee Neilson Stringer

Other Clan Names That are Known to Have Been Used by the MacGregors

Balfour Ferguson Livingston MacInnes Murray
Buchannan Gordon MacAlastair MacNeil Ramsay
Campbell Graham MacDonald MacLaren Robertson
Cunningham Grant MacDougal MacNicol Sinclair
Douglas Hay MacEwan MacPherson Stewart
Drummond Johnson MacFarlane MacWilliams Stirling
Erskine Johnston Maclan Menzies Wilson
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