Craike History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Craike family

The surname Craike was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times. Craik is also a village in Craik Forest, by the Airhouse Burn in the Scottish Borders.

Early History of the Craike family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craike research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1413 are included under the topic Early Craike History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Craike Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Crake, Craik, Crayke, Craike, Creike, Creyke and others.

Early Notables of the Craike family (pre 1700)

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United States Craike migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Craike Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Craike, who settled in Virginia in 1775

New Zealand Craike 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:

Craike Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Craike, (b. 1838), aged 22, British ploughman travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Craike (post 1700) +

    HMAS Sydney II
    • Mr. Brian Wesley Craike (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from New Town, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [2]

    1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
    2. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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