Cragen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cragen family

The surname Cragen was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire.

Criagie is a village, in the parish of Dalmeny, county of Linlithgow. "It is in the eastern part of the parish, and in its vicinity is Craigie Hall, formerly the residence and estate of the Craigies, an ancient and considerable family. One of them was a witness to the original charter granted to the first laird of Dundas in the year 1120." [1]

The Barony of Craigie is a Scottish feudal Crown barony near Dundee and there are two other locals named Craigie: a hamlet in the parish of Caputh; and a village, in the East parish of the city and county of Perth. The latter is home "of the old castle of Craigie" [1]

Early History of the Cragen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cragen research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1317, 1367, 1429, 1430, 1387, 1640, 1400, 1427, 1688, 1760, 1742, 1747, 1754 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Cragen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cragen Spelling Variations

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Cragen has been spelled Craigie, Craiggie, Craggy, Cragye, Criggie, Cragyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Cragen family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir William Craigie compiler of the Oxford Dictionary, a man of many words; and Robert Craigie (1688-1760), Scottish Member of Parliament for Tain Burghs (1742 to 1747), Lord President...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cragen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cragen family

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: James Craigie who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729; Margaret Craigie settled in Savannah Georgia in 1774.



The Cragen Motto +

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: Honeste vivo
Motto Translation: I live honestly.


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


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