Creek History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Creek comes from when the family resided in the parish of Crick, in the diocese of Peterborough. This place-name is derived from the Old English word creke, which means a creek.

Early Origins of the Creek family

The surname Creek was first found in Yorkshire 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.

Early History of the Creek family

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Creek Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Creek include Criche, Crich, Crick, Critch, Creyke, Creik, Criek and many more.

Early Notables of the Creek family (pre 1700)

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Creek Ranking

In the United States, the name Creek is the 8,663rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Creek migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Creek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Creek, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Sebastian Creek, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727 [2]
  • Francis Creek, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]

Australia Creek migration to Australia +

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

Creek Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Creek, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [3]
  • Isaac Creek, aged 27, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [3]
  • Ann Creek, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [3]
  • Elizabeth Creek, aged 1, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [3]
  • Thomas Creek, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Creek (post 1700) +

  • Carey Creek (1928-2015), born in Devizes, Wiltshire he arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1959 and became a teacher for St. Michaels University. Served in Germany for the British Army in WW2. Son of Frederick Normal Smith Creek
  • Paul Douglas "Doug" Creek (b. 1969), American former Major League Baseball pitcher from Winchester, Virginia who played from 1995 to 2005
  • Clarence E. Creek (b. 1906), American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Pleasants County, 1959-62; Defeated, 1956 [5]
  • Frederick Norman Smith Creek MBE MC (1898-1980), English amateur footballer from Darlington, England, manager of the Great Britain Olympic Football Team in the 1950s
  • Mitchell Creek (b. 1992), Australian professional basketball player for the South East Melbourne Phoenix from Horsham, Victoria


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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