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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.

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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.

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creed 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 Creed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Creed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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.

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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
  • Edward Creed settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Edward Creed, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • John Creed, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Jonathon Creed 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

Creed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Penelope Creed who arrived in New York in 1820

Creed Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Creed, aged 16, a clerk, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Mary Creed, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1845

Creed Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Creed, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Mary Creed, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • 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
  • William Charles Creed, aged 20, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
  • William Charles Creed, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"

Creed Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Creed landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Creed landed in Otakou, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Edward Creed landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Creed arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Thomas Creed, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
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  • 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
  • Raymond Rodney Creed (1875-1954), American politician, Mayor of Gilbert, Arizona, 1925-27
  • Platt H. Creed, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brookfield; Elected 1948
  • Kathi Creed, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2004, 2008 (alternate)
  • John M. Creed, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Ohio, 1839
  • James Creed, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1948
  • Edward C. Creed, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fifteenth Suffolk District, 1905
  • Dora Creed, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1960
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    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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