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

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Creason family name to the British Isles. They lived in Northumberland. The family originally lived in Crecy, Normandy, and it is from this location that the name derives.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Creasey, Cressy, Crecy, Cressi, Crease, Cresey and others.

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creason research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1674 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Creason History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creason Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Creason or a variant listed above:

Creason Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Issac Creason, who landed in North Carolina in 1763


  • Todd E. Creason (b. 1967), American author of both fiction and non-fiction authority on Freemasons
  • Joe Creason (1919-1974), American journalist for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Sammy Creason (1944-1995), American session drummer, known for his work with Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and others
  • William Creason, American politician, Mayor of Grand Haven, Michigan, 1967
  • Norwood Creason, American Democrat politician, Elected Missouri State House of Representatives 16th District 1980
  • Alice H. Creason, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000


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The Creason Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Creason 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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