The ancestors of the Crear surname date back to the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
, Crear was used as a name for a sifter
from the Gaeilc word criathar
or one who is a sievewright.
Early Origins of the Crear family
The surname Crear was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Crear family
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Crear Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. Crear has appeared Crerar, Crerer, Crearer, Crarer, Crear, Crearr and others.
Early Notables of the Crear family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crear family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Crear: Mary Crerar, who came to New York in 1775; Phillip Crerer who settled in Pennsylvania in 1800; Alex Crerar, who was on record in county Lanark, Ontario, in 1817.
Contemporary Notables of the name Crear (post 1700)
- Mark James Crear (b. 1968), American double Olympic medalist (silver and bronze) in hurdles
- Steve Crear, Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 80s, member of the Queensland Team (1971-1978) and member of the Australia National Team in 1977
The Crear 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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a glove