Creed History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The proud Creed family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Creed family originally lived in the parish of Creed in the county of Cornwall.

Early Origins of the Creed family

The surname Creed 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.

Important Dates for the Creed family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creed research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1388, 1614, 1663, 1660, 1663, 1695, 1762, 1754, 1761 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Creed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Creed 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 Creed 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...
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Migration of the Creed family to Ireland

Some of the Creed 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.

Creed migration to the United States

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Creed:

Creed Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Creed, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • Edward Creed, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Edward Creed, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • John Creed, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • Jonathon Creed, who arrived in Barbados in 1679 with his wife and daughter
Creed Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathew Creed, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
Creed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Penelope Creed who arrived in New York in 1820

Creed migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Creed Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Creed, aged 16, a clerk, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Mary Creed, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1845
  • Miss. Ellen Creed, aged 8 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Bridgetown" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]
  • Mr. John Creed, aged 11 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Elliotts" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Stephen Creed, aged 22 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Elliotts" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Creed migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Creed Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Creed, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin" [3]
  • Mary Creed, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [3]
  • Francis Creed, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [4]
  • William Charles Creed, aged 20, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [5]
  • William Charles Creed, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine" [5]

Creed migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Creed Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Creed, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Creed, who landed in Otakou, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Edward Creed, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mrs. Phoebe Creed, (b. 1831), aged 28, British nurse travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [6]
  • Mr. William Richard Creed, (b. 1852), aged 7, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Creed (post 1700)

  • Clifford Ann Creed (b. 1938), retired American professional golfer, member of the LPGA Tour in 1963 and won eleven LPGA Tour victories
  • Linda Diane Creed (1948-1986), American singer-songwriter and lyricist
  • William F. Creed, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1884 [7]
  • Raymond Rodney Creed (1875-1954), American politician, Mayor of Gilbert, Arizona, 1925-27 [7]
  • Platt H. Creed, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brookfield; Elected 1948 [7]
  • Kathi Creed, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2004, 2008 (alternate) [7]
  • John M. Creed, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Ohio, 1839 [7]
  • James Creed, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1948 [7]
  • Edward C. Creed, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fifteenth Suffolk District, 1905 [7]
  • Dora Creed, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1960 [7]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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