The surname is one of the many Irish surnames rooted in Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name Creaghe is Craobhach, derived from the word "craobh," which means "branch."
Early Origins of the Creaghe family
The surname Creaghe was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) 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."
Early History of the Creaghe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creaghe research.Another 441 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1848, 1923, 1705, 1585, 1541, 1585, 1676, 1693, 1500, 1505, 1514, 1518, 1520, 1523 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Creaghe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Creaghe Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Creaghe that are preserved in archival documents are Creagh, Crear, Creag, Creavagh, Cray and others.
Early Notables of the Creaghe family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Archbishop of Dublin
, Dr. Pierce Creagh; and Richard Creagh (died 1585), born in Limerick
, he was an Irish Catholic Archbishop of Armagh who died in the Tower of London, his nephew Peter Creagh, was Bishop of Cork and Cloyne from 1676 to 1693... Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creaghe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Creaghe family to the New World and Oceana
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Creaghe name: Carmelo Creagh who settled in Philadelphia in 1878; along with Richard and Thomas; Isabella Creag settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; Michael Creier settled in Philadelphia in 1741..