in southwestern England
provides the original birthplace of the surname Credes. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic
names, the Cornish predominantly used local
surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People
at the time that surnames first came into use. Local
surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Credes history began in the parish of Creed
in the county of Cornwall.
Early Origins of the Credes family
The surname Credes was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Credes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Credes research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1388, 1614, 1663, 1660, 1663, 1695, 1762, 1754, 1761 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Credes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Credes Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Creed, Creede, Crede, Cread, Creade, Creeds, Creedes, Credes, Creads and many more.
Early Notables of the Credes family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Adam Creedy ( fl.
1388), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Exeter
in 1388; William Creed (1614-1663), an English clergyman and academic, Regius... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Credes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Credes family to Ireland
Some of the Credes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Credes family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Credes: Penelope Creed who arrived in New York in 1820; Jonathon Creed arrived in Barbados in 1679 with his wife and daughter; Edward Creed settled in Virginia in 1663.