Cressy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cressy family

The surname Cressy was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family has held a family seat since early times.

Early History of the Cressy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cressy research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1333, 1545, 1595, and 1780 are included under the topic Early Cressy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cressy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Crécy, Crécey, Crécie, Crécies, Craicy, Craicie, Craicies, Creycy, Creycey, Creycie, Creycies, Craicey, Cressy, du Crécy, de Crécy, Cresey, Cressey, Creecy, Crecie, Du Crecy, Ducrecy, De Crecy, Decrecy, Le Crecy and many more.

Early Notables of the Cressy family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Henri, who was made a Knight of Malta in 1545. Guy, Lord of Houssay in Vermandois, was named Captain of two hundred soldiers at the Regiment of Champlitte in 1595; Jean de Grouchy (1354-1435)...
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Cressy migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cressy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Cressy, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Cressy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Cressy, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]
Cressy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A E Cressy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Cressy migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cressy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Julia Cressy, (b. 1844), aged 20, British needlewoman travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1865 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cressy (post 1700)

  • David Cressy, American historian and Humanities Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University
  • Joe Cressy (b. 1984), Canadian politician, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina) (2014-), son of Gordon Cressy
  • Harold Cressy (1889-1916), South African headteacher and activist, the first Coloured person to gain a degree in South Africa
  • Gordon Cressy (b. 1943), Canadian former politician, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7 (1978-1982)
  • Theodore Cressy Skeat (1907-2003), British librarian at the British Museum


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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