Scottish, contraction of surname Gregor; Latin
"alert, watchful"

Greer Origin and Meaning

The name Greer is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "alert, watchful".

This attractive Scottish surname choice, has a certain amount of glamour thanks to feisty British-born red-haired forties Academy Award winner Greer Garson, who was born Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson--Greer was her Irish mother's maiden name). Greer was chosen much more recently by Kelsey Grammer for his daughter and by Brooke Shields in the Grier form. As a surname, it's associated with feminist writer/activist Germaine Greer.

Greer makes a good, strong, sophisticated and distinctive middle-name prospect.

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Greer Popularity

Famous People Named Greer

  • (Eileen Evelyn) Greer GarsonBritish,American actress
  • Greer "Cat" StevensSouth African tennis player
  • Greer Ilene GilmanAmerican fantasy novelist
  • Greer SchpiglerAmerican child beauty queen on TV's "Toddlers and Tiaras"
  • Germaine GreerAustralian feminist theorist and author
  • Kandace "Greer" Grammeractress and daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer
  • Emma Greer DiBiaseAmerican Internet personality

Greer in Pop Culture

  • Greer of Kinrosscharacter on the CW's "Reign"
  • Greer Danvillecharacter on TV's "Chasing Life"
  • Greer Sonnelcharacter on Star Wars novel "Bloodline"