Craley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Craley is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the counties of Northumberland, Sussex and Bedfordshire.

Early Origins of the Craley family

The surname Craley was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Craley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craley research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1130 is included under the topic Early Craley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Craley Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Craley has been recorded under many different variations, including Crawley, Crawly, Craley, Crally and others.

Early Notables of the Craley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Craley family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Craley or a variant listed above: John Crally, who arrived in Maryland in 1664; Ann Crawley, who came to Pennsylvania in 1682; Charles Crawley, who settled in Virginia in 1700; John Crawley who settled in Maryland in 1729.

Contemporary Notables of the name Craley (post 1700)

  • Nathaniel Neiman Craley Jr. (1927-2006), American Democrat politician, Furniture manufacturer; College instructor; Chair of York County Democratic Party, 1962-64; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 19th District, 1965-67

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