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Craighead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms




Early Origins of the Craighead family


The surname Craighead 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. Craighead Law, Craighead Lea or Law hill is said to be a Moot hill, a justice or court hill controlled in feudal times by the local Baron. Stones on its summit appear to be deliberately positioned and a grass covered cairn is clearly visible. The hill is located in what is now known as Lugton, East Ayrshire. Interestingly, Craghead is a former mining village in County Durham.

Early History of the Craighead family


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Craighead Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Craighead has been spelled Craighead, Craighede, Craigdaillie, Craigdallie and others.

Early Notables of the Craighead family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Craighead family to the New World and Oceana


Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Craighead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Craighead, who landed in New England in 1715 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Craighead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard D. Craighead, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1895
  • William Craighead, aged 7, who immigrated to America, in 1895

Craighead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Craighead, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • S. Craighead, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Alex Craighead, aged 22, who landed in America from Dundee, in 1906
  • Alexander Craighead, aged 39, who settled in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1908
  • Bella Craighead, aged 29, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Craighead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Craighead, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Lord William Bothwick
  • Mr. William Craighead, (b. 1812), aged 29, British agricultural labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Susan Miller Craighead, (b. 1813), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 24th May 1841 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • George Craighead, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cossipore" in 1857
  • William Craighead, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cossipore" in 1857

Contemporary Notables of the name Craighead (post 1700)


  • Thomas B. Craighead (b. 1800), American politician, Member of Mississippi State Senate. Craighead County, Arkansas is named for him
  • M. A. Craighead, American Democrat politician, Chair of Vernon County Democratic Party, 1939
  • John Johnson Craighead (1916-2016), American conservationist, naturalist, and researcher, twin brother of Frank Cooper Craighead Jr
  • Frank Cooper Craighead Jr. (1916-2001), American conservationist, naturalist, and researcher, twin brother of John Johnson Craighead
  • Harold G. Craighead, American professor of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University
  • Thomas B. Craighead (1798-1862), American politician and lawyer
  • Alexander Craighead (1705-1766), Irish-born, American preacher, member of a group of Ulster Scots pioneers who settled near the present site of Charlotte, Pennsylvania
  • David Craighead (b. 1924), American organist from Strasburg, Pennsylvania, Eastman School Professor Emeritus of Organ (1955-1992)
  • Alison Craighead (b. 1971), London-based visual artist, who work with video, sound and the internet, co-founder of Thomson & Craighead
  • John Craighead (b. 1971), retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger

The Craighead 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: Securum presidium
Motto Translation: A secure fortress.


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Citations


  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 http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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