Creager History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Creager has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Creager is O Croidheagain, from the word "croidhe," which means "heart."

Early Origins of the Creager family

The surname Creager was first found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Creager family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creager research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1616 is included under the topic Early Creager History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Creager Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Creager are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Cregan, Crean, O'Crean, O'Cryan, Creaghan, Creegan, Creahan, Crehan, Creane and many more.

Early Notables of the Creager family (pre 1700)

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United States Creager migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Creager family in North America:

Creager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Creager, who arrived in Maryland in 1798 [1]
Creager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Creager, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Creager (post 1700) +

  • Charles Edward Creager (1873-1964), American newspaper publisher and editor
  • Curtis Creager, American-born, Canadian raised bass guitarist
  • Roger Creager (b. 1971), American Country singer and songwriter, founder of the Roger Creager Band
  • Melora Creager (b. 1966), American cellist, singer-songwriter and founder of the cello rock group Rasputina
  • Rentfro Banton Creager (1877-1950), American Republican politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909; Member of Republican National Committee from Texas, 1924-40 [2]
  • E. Clark Creager, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Kobe, 1922 [2]
  • Charles Edward Creager (1873-1964), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 3rd District, 1909-11 [2]

The Creager 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: Cor mundum crea in me, Deus
Motto Translation: Create in me a clean heart, O God.

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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