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Where did the English Creedon family come from? What is the English Creedon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Creedon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Creedon family history?

The Creedon 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 Creedon 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 Creedon family originally lived in the parish of Creed in the county of Cornwall.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creedon 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 Creedon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creedon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Creedon 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.


Early records show that people bearing the name Creedon arrived in North America quite early:

Creedon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • N Creedon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856
  • Patrick Creedon, aged 20, who arrived in America, in 1895
  • Norah Creedon, aged 18, who arrived in America, in 1896
  • Timothy Creedon, aged 25, who arrived in America from Buttevant, Co. Cork, in 1898

Creedon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Timothy Creedon, aged 23, who arrived in America from Ballyvourney, Ireland, in 1907
  • James Creedon, aged 22, who arrived in America from Bantry, Ireland, in 1907
  • Jeremiah Creedon, aged 25, who arrived in America from Macroom, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget Creedon, aged 28, who arrived in America from Mallow, Ireland, in 1908
  • Denis Creedon, aged 34, who arrived in America from Fermoy, Ireland, in 1908

Creedon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alice Creedon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828

Creedon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Creedon, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878


  • James Creedon, American Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services
  • Geraldine Creedon, American former politician, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1995-2012)
  • Carolyn Creedon (b. 1969), Newport News, Virginia is an American poet, awarded the Academy of American Poets prize
  • John Joseph Creedon (b. 1924), American retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
  • Robert S. Creedon Jr., American Democrat politician, Elected Massachusetts State Senate Second Plymouth & Bristol District 2002
  • Laura M. Creedon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008
  • Joseph H. Creedon, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1932
  • Alexander W. Creedon, American Republican politician, Assistant Secretary of Connecticut Republican Party, 1922
  • Peter Creedon, Irish Gaelic football manager
  • John "Johnny" Creedon (b. 1932), Irish former Gaelic footballer who played from 1954 to 1957



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

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