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The Creeden history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Creeden history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Creeden family originally lived in the parish of Creed in the county of Cornwall.

Creeden Early Origins



The surname Creeden 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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Creeden Spelling Variations


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Creeden 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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Creeden Early History


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Creeden Early History



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

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Creeden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Creeden In Ireland


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Creeden In Ireland



Some of the Creeden 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


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The Great Migration



Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Creeden or a variant listed above:

Creeden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Creeden, aged 18, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • M. J. Creeden, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Thomas Creeden, aged 15, who arrived in America, in 1897
  • Margt. Creeden, aged 17, who arrived in America from Cork, in 1899

Creeden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Patrick Creeden, aged 26, who arrived in America from Kingmore, Ireland, in 1907
  • Richard Creeden, aged 20, who arrived in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1920
  • Timothy Creeden, aged 55, who arrived in America from Kenmare, Co Kerry, Ireland, in 1921

Creeden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Creeden, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Creeden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Creeden (post 1700)



  • Rev. John B. Creeden S.J., American academic, 37th President of Georgetown University (1918-1924)
  • Cornelius Stephen "Connie" Creeden (1915-1969), American Major League Baseball player who played one season with the Boston Braves in 1943
  • Patrick Francis "Pat" Creeden (1906-1992), nicknamed "Whoops", an American Major League Baseball second baseman who played one season for the Boston Red Sox in 1931

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. 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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    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

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