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The surname Cree is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Cree is derived from the Old French word "creste," meaning the peak of a hill and indicated that the original bearer lived at or near such a place.

Cree Early Origins



The surname Cree was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

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Cree Spelling Variations


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Cree Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Crest, Cret, Crests, Crets, Creste, Crete, Crête, Crestes, Cretes, du Crest, Ducrest, du Cret, Ducret, Crais, Crait, Crez, Ducrais, Ducrait, Ducrez, Cray, Crey and many more.

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Cree Early History


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Cree Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cree research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1435 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Cree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cree Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cree Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cree Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Cree, who arrived in Virginia in 1701

Cree Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hannah Cree, aged 54, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Jane Cree, aged 56, landed in New York in 1864

Cree Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Cree, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Cree Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas H. Cree, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • Alison Cree, aged 27, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • Thomas Cree arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849
  • Allison Cree arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cree (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cree (post 1700)



  • Linda Cree, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012
  • J. F. Cree, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 1st District, 1903-04
  • George B. Cree, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1944
  • Adam Cree (b. 1990), British ice hockey goaltender
  • Thomas Scott Cree (1915-1990), Australian rower who competed for Great Britain at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Gordon Cree (b. 1977), Scottish arranger, orchestrator, conductor and composer
  • Alderman Leslie Cree MBE, MLA (b. 1941), Unionist politician from Northern Ireland
  • Sam Cree (1928-1980), Northern Irish playwright
  • John Scott Cree, English comedian and entertainer

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Cree Historic Events


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Cree Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Crawford Annesley Cree, British Ordnance Telegrahist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    3. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Cree Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cree 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 28 October 2015 at 11:07.

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