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

The ancestors of the Crear surname date back to the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland, Crear was used as a name for a sifter from the Gaeilc word criathar or one who is a sievewright.

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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. Crear has appeared Crerar, Crerer, Crearer, Crarer, Crear, Crearr and others.

First found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crear research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1496 is included under the topic Early Crear History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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 Crear: Mary Crerar, who came to New York in 1775; Phillip Crerer who settled in Pennsylvania in 1800; Alex Crerar, who was on record in county Lanark, Ontario, in 1817.

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  • Mark Crear, American athlete


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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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat bot a glove

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The Crear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crear 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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