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

The ancient Scottish name Crea is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a prosperous person. The Gaelic form of the surname Crea is Mac Rath, which literally means son of grace or son of prosperity.

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Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Crea has appeared MacCrae, MacCraith, MacCrath, MacCraw, MacCray, MacCrea, MacCree, MacCreight, MacCrie, MacReagh, MacRae, MacRay, MacRie and many more.

First found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, but their ancient history is often clouded with conjecture. It appears certain that they lived before the 14th century at Clunes, to the west of Inverness in the territories of the Fraser Clan. Consequently the family has always been friendly towards that Clan. From about 1400, they moved to the location with which they are readily associated, Kintail.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crea research. Another 1095 words(78 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1539, 1539, 1688, 1745, 1425, 1505, 1477, 1505, 1715, 1764 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Crea History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 353 words(25 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Crea family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Crea name:

Crea Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Crea, aged 30, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Elizabeth Crea, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Letitia Crea, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Mary Crea, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • John Crea, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


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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: Fortitudine
Motto Translation: With fortitude.

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The Crea Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crea 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 9 July 2013 at 12:17.

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