Creamer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Creamer originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac Threinfir," from the words "trean," which means "strong," and "fear" which means "man." This name is often rendered MacTraynor or MacTreanor in English, but the Anglicizations Mac Crainor and MacCreanor are actually more phonetically accurate.

Early Origins of the Creamer family

The surname Creamer was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Creamer family

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Creamer Spelling Variations

Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Creamer include Cramer, Creamer, McCramer, McCreamer and others.

Early Notables of the Creamer family (pre 1700)

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Creamer Ranking

In the United States, the name Creamer is the 4,097th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Creamer migration to the United States +

In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Creamer:

Creamer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Creamer, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [2]
Creamer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Casper Creamer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • George Creamer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [2]
  • Jacob Creamer, who landed in New England in 1760 [2]
Creamer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ferdinand Creamer, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [2]
  • Henry Creamer, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [2]
  • Pat Creamer, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • John Creamer, aged 20, who landed in Alabama in 1858 [2]

Canada Creamer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Creamer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Creamer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Michael Creamer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Daniel Creamer, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

New Zealand Creamer 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:

Creamer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Creamer, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Creamer (post 1700) +

  • Marvin Charles Creamer (1916-2020), American college professor and sailor who was the first recorded person to have sailed around the globe without the aid of navigational instruments
  • David S. Creamer (1858-1946), American politician, State Treasurer for Ohio (1909–1913)
  • Thomas James Creamer (1843-1914), Irish-born, American lawyer and politician, New York State Senator (1867)
  • George W. Creamer (1855-1886), born George W. Triebel, an American Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1878 to 1884
  • Robert W. Creamer (1922-2012), American sportswriter and editor at Sports Illustrated
  • Colonel Timothy J. "TJ" Creamer (b. 1959), American NASA Astronaut with 163 days in space [3]
  • Paula Creamer (b. 1986), American LPGA golfer
  • Henry Creamer (1879-1930), American popular song lyricist, and part of the songwriting team of Creamer & Layton
  • Nelson D. Creamer, American politician, Representative from Ohio 12th District, 1904 [4]
  • George H. Creamer, American politician, Representative from Ohio 7th District, 1904 [4]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Creamer 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: Non dormit qui custodet
Motto Translation: The sentinel sleeps not.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Timothy Creamer. Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook