Craigen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Craigen family

The surname Craigen 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 Craigen family

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

Craigen Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Craigen has appeared as Craigie, Craiggie, Craggy, Cragye, Criggie, Cragyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Craigen 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 Craigen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Craigen migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Craigen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Craigen, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Craigen (post 1700) +

  • Joseph A. Craigen, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1938
  • Leo "Peg Leg" Craigen, American first schoolmaster of LaBelle, Texas
  • Jolan Gidney- Craigen (b. 1993), known as Jolan, is an English singer from Bolton, England
  • Mike Craigen, Canadian ice hockey coach from Buckhorn, Ontario, head coach of the Knoxville Ice Bears (2010-2017)
  • Jessie Hannah Craigen (1835-1899), British working-class suffrage speaker
  • James Craigen (b. 1991), English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Dunfermline Athletic
  • James Mark Craigen (b. 1938), British Labour Co-operative politician, Member of Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill (1974–1987)


The Craigen 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.
  2. ^ 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)


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