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Origins Available: English, Irish

Where did the Irish Craven family come from? When did the Craven family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Craven family history?

The surname Craven comes from either O Crabhain, which was prominent in County Galway, or Mac Crabhain which was located in the Monaghan and Louth area. The more anglicized form Craven, can also be an English toponymic though it is rarely of this origin in Ireland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Cravane, Creavan, Craven, Cravan and others.

First found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island. It was also found to be in Counties Monaghan and Louth.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craven research. More information is included under the topic Early Craven History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Craven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Craven Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Craven who settled in Virginia in the year 1626
  • Tho Craven, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Susan Craven, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Susan Craven who settled in the same Colony in the year 1655
  • Thomas Craven, aged 17, who settled in America in the year 1655

Craven Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Craven, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Craven Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jno Craven, aged 25, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jn Craven, aged 25, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • William P Craven, aged 26, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • Richard Craven, who landed in New York in 1831
  • James Craven, who arrived in New York in 1843


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  • Avery Odelle Craven (1886-1980), prominent American historian
  • Braxton Craven (1822-1882), American educator, 1st president of Duke University (1849-1882)
  • Richard Allen "Ricky" Craven (b. 1966), ESPN broadcaster and former NASCAR driver who won in four different series
  • Margaret Craven (1901-1980), American author
  • Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven (b. 1939), American horror movie director and screenwriter
  • Sir Robert Craven (1916-1972), English RAF Air Marshall
  • Daniel Hartman Craven (b. 1911), South African rugby player
  • Sir Philip Craven MBE (b. 1950), British sports official and second President of the International Paralympic Committee
  • Matt Craven (b. 1956), Canadian television and film actor
  • Brigadier John Craven (b. 1894), Australian Commanding Officer of the 2nd Lines of Communications Sub-Area from 1942 to 1945


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  • History of the Beard, Bedichek, Craven and Allied Families by Pauline Beard Cooney.
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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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  8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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