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Cornwall 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.

Credes Early Origins



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.

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Credes Spelling Variations


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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.

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Credes Early History


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Credes Early History



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.

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Credes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Credes Early Notables (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.

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Credes In Ireland


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Credes In 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 14 October 2014 at 08:31.

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