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The surname is one of the many Irish surnames rooted in Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Creag is Craobhach, derived from the word "craobh," which means "branch."

Creag Early Origins



The surname Creag was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where this ancient Irish family was descended from King Niall of "the Nine Hostages," the great General King, who in turn was descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings. The Creaghs were one of the celebrated septs and leading gentry of the County Clare. They were a branch of the O'Neills of County Clare and tradition has it that they carried green branches with them into battle against the Norsemen at Limerick. Their name is derived from the Irish surname Craobhach, which is the adjective formed from the noun "craob," a branch. Other names are derived from this source as well such as Cray, the anglicized form of O Craoibhe meaning "descendant of Craobhach."

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Creag Spelling Variations


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Creag Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Creag family name include Creagh, Crear, Creag, Creavagh, Cray and others.

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Creag Early History


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Creag Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creag research. Another 383 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1848, 1923, 1705, 1585, 1541, 1701, 1790, 1585, 1676 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Creag History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Creag Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Creag Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Pierce Creagh; General James Creagh (1701- c. 1790); and Richard Creagh (died 1585), born in Limerick, he...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creag Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Creag to North America:

Creag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isabella Creag settled in Pennsylvania in 1772

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Creag Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Creag Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Creag 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 September 2013 at 10:46.

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