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

The proud Creed family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Creed family originally lived in the parish of Creed in the county of Cornwall.


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Creed, Creede, Crede, Cread, Creade, Creeds, Creedes, Credes, Creads and many more.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creed research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1388, 1614, 1663, 1660, 1663, 1695, 1762, 1754, 1761 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Creed History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Creed family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Creed:

Creed Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jno Creed, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Edward Creed settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Edward Creed, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • John Creed, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Jonathon Creed arrived in Barbados in 1679 with his wife and daughter

Creed Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathew Creed, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Creed Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Penelope Creed who arrived in New York in 1820


  • Linda Diane Creed (1948-1986), American singer-songwriter and lyricist
  • Clifford Ann Creed (b. 1938), retired American professional golfer, member of the LPGA Tour in 1963 and won eleven LPGA Tour victories
  • Marcus Creed, English conductor
  • John Mildred Creed (1842-1930), English-born, Australian doctor and politician, Member for Upper Hunter NSW (1872-1874)
  • Nicholas John Keyworth Creed (b. 1980), English cricketer
  • Frederick George Creed (1871-1957), Canadian inventor who developed the teleprinter and SWATH vessels, eponym of the CCGS Frederick G. Creed, a SWATH vessel, founder of Creed & Company, a British telecommunications company in 1912
  • Martin Creed (b. 1968), British artist and musician, winner of the Turner Prize in 2001
  • Donal Creed (b. 1924), retired Irish Fine Gael party politician
  • Michael Creed (b. 1963), Irish Fine Gael politician
  • Barbara Creed (b. 1943), Australian Professor of Cinema Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne



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  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 14 October 2014 at 08:31.

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