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Where did the Irish Creamer family come from? What is the Irish Creamer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Creamer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Creamer family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creamer research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1670 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Creamer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Creamer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


  • Jno Creamer, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Creamer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Casper Creamer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • George Creamer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Jacob Creamer, who landed in New England in 1760

Creamer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ferdinand Creamer, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • Henry Creamer, who landed in Indiana in 1852
  • Pat Creamer, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854
  • John Creamer, aged 20, landed in Alabama in 1858

Creamer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Michael Creamer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Daniel Creamer, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Creamer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


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

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  • Henry Creamer (1879-1930), American popular song lyricist, and part of the songwriting team of Creamer & Layton
  • Paula Creamer (b. 1986), American LPGA golfer
  • Colonel Timothy J. "TJ" Creamer (b. 1959), American NASA Astronaut with 163 days in space
  • Robert W. Creamer (1922-2012), American sportswriter and editor at Sports Illustrated
  • George W. Creamer (1855-1886), born George W. Triebel, an American Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1878 to 1884
  • Thomas James Creamer (1843-1914), Irish-born, American lawyer and politician, New York State Senator (1867)
  • David S. Creamer (1858-1946), American politician, State Treasurer for Ohio (19091913)
  • William W. Creamer (1916-1942), United States Navy officer and Navy Cross recipient, eponym of the USS Creamer (DE-308)
  • Peter Anthony Creamer (b. 1953), English former professional footballer from Hartlepool
  • Lucy Creamer (b. 1971), British professional climber, known for her appearances on the BBC series Climbing Great Buildings

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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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The Creamer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Creamer 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 9 May 2013 at 15:33.

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