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The Creagh surname is derived Scottish Gaelic word "creag," meaning "a rock" which became the Scots word "craig." Craig is parish in Forfarshire which was "formerly called Inchbrayock, the 'island of trout,' by which name an island of thirty-four Scotch acres within the parish is still known. Craig was at that time only the designation of one of the chief estates, and it is supposed that, when the place of worship was transferred from the island to the property of Craig on the continental part of the district, the name of Craig, which is naturally derived from the rocky nature of the shore, was extended to the whole of the parish." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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The surname Creagh was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland. This northern Clan was frequently associated with the Gordons, but their first records appeared in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire to the south about 1180. One of the first records of the name was Johannes del Crag who was witness to a charter by William the Lion. Later, Robertus de Crag witnessed a charter by Alexander II.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Craig, Craigh, Creag, Creagh and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creagh research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1296, 1300, 1335, 1440, 1538, 1608, 1620, 1663 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Creagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Thomas Craig ( c. 1538-1608), a Scottish jurist and poet; John Craig M.D. (died 1620), a Scottish physician and astronomer, physician to James VI...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creagh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Creagh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Creagh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Creagh, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • Dr. Creagh, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • James Creagh, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Carmelo Creagh who settled in Philadelphia in 1878 along with Richard and Thomas
  • Eduardo Creagh, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1885
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Creagh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellie Creagh, aged 20, who landed in America from Limerick, in 1901
  • Ellie Creagh, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1906
  • Daniel Creagh, aged 21, who landed in America from Charleville, Ireland, in 1907
  • Catherine Creagh, aged 19, who landed in America from Rathdowney, Ireland, in 1908
  • Diana Creagh, aged 18, who settled in America from Kilmallock, Ireland, in 1910
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Creagh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R. Creagh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • John Creagh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inflexible" in 1870
  • James Creagh, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Westland aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
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  • Major-General Sir Michael O'Moore Creagh KBE MC (1892-1970), British commander
  • Mary Helen Creagh (b. 1967), British Labour Party politician
  • General Sir Garrett O'Moore Creagh VC GCB GCSI (1848-1923), known as Sir O'Moore Creagh, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Ben Creagh (b. 1985), Australian professional rugby league footballer
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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: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Creagh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Creagh 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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