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

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The surname Crean 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.

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 Crean that are preserved in archival documents are Cregan, Crean, O'Crean, O'Cryan, Creaghan, Creegan, Creahan, Crehan, Creane and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crean research. Another 382 words (27 lines of text) covering the year 1616 is included under the topic Early Crean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Crean to North America:

Crean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Crean, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Crean, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Phillip Crean who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860

Crean Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bessy Crean, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Catherine Crean, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland

Crean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Kate Crean, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Crean Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Crean, aged 49, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Elizabeth Crean, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Jane Crean, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • John Crean, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Patrick Crean, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
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  • Kelly Crean (b. 1974), American actress
  • Arthur B. Crean, Master Sergeant in the United States Army during World War I
  • Johnnie R. Crean, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 43rd District, 1982
  • John J. Crean, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940, 1952; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1st District, 1950
  • Harry E. Crean, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956
  • Eugene Crean (1854-1939), Irish nationalist politician and MP
  • Major Dr. Thomas Joseph Crean VC, DSO (1873-1923), Irish rugby union player, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Thomas "Tom" Crean (1877-1938), known as the "Irish Giant", Irish Antarctic explorer, member of the Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton expeditions
  • Thomas Joseph Crean, Irish soldier
  • Edward O'Donovan Crean, English rugby union player
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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: Cor mundum crea in me, Deus
Motto Translation: Create in me a clean heart, O God.

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    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    3. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Crean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crean 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.

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