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Where did the Scottish Craig family come from? What is the Scottish Craig family crest and coat of arms? When did the Craig family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Craig family history?

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of first people to use the name Craig. The name was found in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region), and other shires across Scotland. The Craig surname is derived Scottish Gaelic word creag, meaning "a rock" which became the Scottish word "craig."


In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Craig has appeared Craig, Craigh, Creag, Creagh and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland. This northern Clan was frequently associated with the Gordons, but their first records appeared in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire to the south about 1180. One of the first records of the name was Johannes del Crag who was witness to a charter by William the Lion. Later, Robertus de Crag witnessed a charter by Alexander II.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craig research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1296, 1300, 1,00, 1335, 1440, 1538, 1608, 1620, 1663 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Craig History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Craig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Craig family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Craig:

  • Alexander, Ann, David, George, Hector, Hugh, James, John, Margaret, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Robert, Samuel, Thomas and William Craig, arrived in Philadelphia in the first half of the 19th century

Craig Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Magnus Craig, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Hugh Craig, who landed in New England in 1729-1730
  • Mary McLellan Craig, who arrived in New England in 1729-1730
  • George Craig, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Margaret Craig, who landed in South Carolina in 1772

Craig Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Craig, who landed in America in 1803
  • William Craig who settled in Charleston with his wife Mary and servants in 1803
  • Margt Craig, aged 36, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • David Craig, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Samuel Craig, who landed in America in 1805


  • Roger Lee Craig (b. 1930), American former pitcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball
  • William Lane Craig (b. 1918), American Emeritus professor of Philosophy at University of California
  • Judy Craig (b. 1946), American lead singer of The Chiffons
  • Harmon Craig (1926-2003), American geochemist awarded the Balzan Prize for Geochemistry in 1998
  • Brigadier-General Charles Frost Craig (1895-1982), American Chief of Staff 37th Division
  • Lieutenant-General Howard Arnold Craig (1897-1977), American Inspector General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. (1949-1952)
  • Major-General Louis Aleck Craig (1891-1984), American Inspector-General of the Army (1948-1952)
  • General Malin Craig (1875-1945), American Chief of Staff US Army (1935-1939)
  • William Craig (1807-1869), American frontiersman and trapper
  • Yvonne Joyce Craig (1937-1960), American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl from the 1960s TV series Batman



  • Craig: A Genealogy of the Descendants of James Craig and Mary Blake by Daniel Turner.

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: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever


Craig Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Craig
Craig, Craiggs, Craigh, Cregg and more.


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  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The Craig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Craig Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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