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The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of first people to use the name Craig. The name was found in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region), and other shires across Scotland. The Craig surname is derived Scottish Gaelic word creag, meaning "a rock" which became the Scottish 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.


Craig Early Origins



The surname Craig 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.

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Craig Spelling Variations


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Craig Spelling Variations



In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Craig has appeared Craig, Craigh, Creag, Creagh and others.

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Craig Early History


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Craig Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craig 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 Craig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Craig Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Craig Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Craig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Craig In Ireland


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Craig In Ireland



Some of the Craig 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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The Great Migration



Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North Ameri ca. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Craig:

Craig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Magnus Craig, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Mary McLellan Craig, who arrived in New England in 1729-1730
  • Hugh Craig, who landed in New England in 1729-1730
  • George Craig, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Margaret Craig, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Craig, who landed in America in 1803
  • William Craig who settled in Charleston with his wife Mary and servants in 1803
  • Margaret Craig, aged 36, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • David Craig, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Samuel Craig, who landed in America in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craig Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Christopher Craig U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. David Craig, "Craige" U.E. who settled in Chamcook [St Andrews] Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783; he served in the 74th Regiment and is listed as a Loyalist of Passamaquoddy New Brunswick [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Craig U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Craig U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Private John Craig U.E. (b. 1760) born in Scotland who settled in Bonny River [Bonny River-Second Falls], Saint George, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he enlisted in 1782 served in the 84th Regiment Royal Highland Emigrants 2nd Battalion, married Sarah Smith they had 5 children he died in 1833 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craig Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sam Craig, who arrived in Canada in 1816
  • Sarah Craig, aged 55, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • William Craig, aged 12, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • John Craig, aged 27, a merchant, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the barque "Frederick" from Liverpool, England
  • Ruth Craig, aged 48, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craig Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Plumber and Craig, a glazier, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Lindsay Craig arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  • John Craig arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • Catherine Craig arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • Vivian Craig arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRANKEN MOOR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840BrankenMoor.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craig Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Craig landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Craig landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • James Craig, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • Agnes Craig, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • John Craig, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Craig (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Craig (post 1700)



  • William Craig (1918-2016), German-born, American academic and philosopher who taught at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Yvonne Joyce Craig (1937-2015), American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl from the 1960s TV series Batman and as the Orion slave girl Marta in the Star Trek
  • William Craig (1807-1869), American frontiersman and trapper
  • General Malin Craig (1875-1945), American Chief of Staff US Army (1935-1939)
  • Major-General Louis Aleck Craig (1891-1984), American Inspector-General of the Army (1948-1952)
  • Lieutenant-General Howard Arnold Craig (1897-1977), American Inspector General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D. C. (1949-1952)
  • Brigadier-General Charles Frost Craig (1895-1982), American Chief of Staff 37th Division
  • Harmon Craig (1926-2003), American geochemist awarded the Balzan Prize for Geochemistry in 1998
  • William Lane Craig (b. 1918), American Emeritus professor of Philosophy at University of California
  • Roger Lee Craig (b. 1930), American former pitcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Craig Historic Events


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Craig Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Michael E Craig (b. 1966), American Private 1st Class from University Park, Illinois, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Suggested Readings for the name Craig


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Suggested Readings for the name Craig



  • Craig: A Genealogy of the Descendants of James Craig and Mary Blake by Daniel Turner.

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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: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever


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Craig Clan Badge


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Craig Clan Badge




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Craig Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Craig
Craig, Craiggs, Craigh, Cregg and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRANKEN MOOR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840BrankenMoor.htm

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Craig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Craig 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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