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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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The surname Craven was 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.

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


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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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Craven Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Craven who settled in Virginia in the year 1626 and received 150 acres by patent
  • 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 United States in the 18th Century


  • John Craven, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Craven Settlers in 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


Craven Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Bridget Craven, who settled in St. John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Bridget Craven, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin

Craven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Craven, a slater, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

Craven Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Craven landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Craven, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • John Craven, aged 30, a joiner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Alice Craven, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Sarah Craven, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879


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  • Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven (1939-2015), American multiple award winning horror movie director and screenwriter, best known for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), New Nightmare (1994) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • James J. Craven Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1964
  • James E. Craven, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1922
  • Harold V. Craven, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 10th District, 1958
  • Gene Craven, American Republican politician, Candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives 79th District, 1973
  • Darius Craven (b. 1920), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Upshur County, 1958-60; Appointed 1958
  • D. Stewart Craven, American Democrat politician, Reform Candidate for Mayor of Salem, New Jersey, 1907; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1st District, 1912;Chair of Salem County Democratic Party, 1927; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Salem County, 1936-38
  • James R. Craven, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1952
  • Joseph William Craven (1854-1913), American Democrat politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 37th District, 1891-93; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1904; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1904, 1910
  • Ronald Talmadge Craven, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 28th District, 1973

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  • History of the Beard, Bedichek, Craven and Allied Families by Pauline Beard Cooney.
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  6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Craven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Craven 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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