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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.

Craven Early Origins



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.

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Craven Spelling Variations


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Craven Spelling Variations



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

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Craven Early History


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Craven Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Craven Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Craven Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

  • John Craven, aged 25, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craven Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

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

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Craven (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Craven (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Craven Historic Events


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Craven Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Douglas Craven, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Craven


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Suggested Readings for the name Craven



  • History of the Beard, Bedichek, Craven and Allied Families by Pauline Beard Cooney.

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Craven Family Crest Products


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Craven Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    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. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 20 October 2016 at 17:54.

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