The surname is one of the many Irish surnames rooted in Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name Creavagh is Craobhach, derived from the word "craobh," which means "branch."
Early Origins of the Creavagh family
The surname Creavagh was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where this ancient Irish family was descended from King Niall of "the Nine Hostages," the great General King, who in turn was descended from the Heremon
line of Irish Kings. The Creaghs were one of the celebrated septs and leading gentry of the County Clare
. They were a branch of the O'Neills of County Clare
and tradition has it that they carried green branches with them into battle against the Norsemen at Limerick
. Their name is derived from the Irish surname Craobhach, which is the adjective formed from the noun "craob," a branch. Other names are derived from this source as well such as Cray, the anglicized form of O Craoibhe meaning "descendant of Craobhach."
Early History of the Creavagh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creavagh research.Another 441 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1848, 1923, 1705, 1585, 1541, 1585, 1676, 1693, 1500, 1505, 1514, 1518, 1520, 1523 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Creavagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Creavagh Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname Creavagh can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Creagh, Crear, Creag, Creavagh, Cray and others.
Early Notables of the Creavagh family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Archbishop of Dublin
, Dr. Pierce Creagh; and Richard Creagh (died 1585), born in Limerick
, he was an Irish Catholic Archbishop of Armagh who died in the Tower of London, his nephew Peter Creagh, was Bishop of Cork and Cloyne from 1676 to 1693... Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creavagh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Creavagh family to the New World and Oceana
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Creavagh name: Carmelo Creagh who settled in Philadelphia in 1878; along with Richard and Thomas; Isabella Creag settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; Michael Creier settled in Philadelphia in 1741..