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Craghead Surname History




Early Origins of the Craghead family


The surname Craghead was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. Craighead Law, Craighead Lea or Law hill is said to be a Moot hill, a justice or court hill controlled in feudal times by the local Baron. Stones on its summit appear to be deliberately positioned and a grass covered cairn is clearly visible. The hill is located in what is now known as Lugton, East Ayrshire. Interestingly, Craghead is a former mining village in County Durham.

Early History of the Craghead family


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Craghead Spelling Variations


Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Craghead has been spelled Craighead, Craighede, Craigdaillie, Craigdallie and others.

Early Notables of the Craghead family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Craghead family to the New World and Oceana


Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Craghead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Craghead who settled in Nantucket in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Craghead (post 1700)


  • Howard Craghead (1908-1962), nicknamed "Judge", American Major League Baseball Player who played for the Cleveland Indians (1931-1933) and later Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II

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