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Origins Available: English, Irish

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

When the ancestors of the Creel family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived at Kirkley, a township in the parish of Poneteland in the county of Northumberland. The family name Creel became popular in England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Creel have been found, including Crull, Crul, Cruel, Criel, Cryle, Kriel, Krile, Crile, Kirle, Kyrle, Cyrle, Kreel, Creel, Crulle, Crule, Curl, Curle, Girl, Cryll and many more.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Ashburnham, anciently Esseborne. These estates, including three salt houses, were granted to Robert de Criel, a Norman Knight, by William, Duke of Normandy for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., and is so noted in the Domesday Book, [1] a survey taken of landholders in England in 1086. Robert de Criel was from the Castle of Criel near Criel-sur-Mer in the arrondisement of Dieppe. Part of the walls of this huge castle are still standing, and there are also traces of a moat. Robert's chief tenant was the Count of Eu.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creel research. Another 513 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1295, 1339, 1489, 1679, 1678, 1679, 1575, 1647, 1628, 1629, 1632, 1629, 1637, 1724 and are included under the topic Early Creel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Creel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Creel were among those contributors:

Creel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margt. Creel, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • William Creel, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Llanelly, in 1897
  • Mary Ann Creel, aged 19, who landed in America from Llanelly, in 1899

Creel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Luis R. Creel, aged 23, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Virginia Creel, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Samuel Creel, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1914


  • Jack Dalton Creel (1916-2002), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Walton Hardy Creel (b. 1974), American artist
  • Herrlee Glessner Creel (1905-1994), American sinologist and philosopher
  • Leanna Creel (b. 1970), American actress, film producer, film director, screenwriter and photographer
  • Gavin James Creel (b. 1976), American actor, singer and song writer
  • Keith Creel (b. 1959), American right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Reuben W. Creel, American politician, U.S. Consul in Chihuahua, 1863-66
  • M. P. Creel, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 3rd District, 1898
  • H. Lyle Creel (1882-1947), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937
  • Frank W. Creel, American politician, Representative from Virginia 11th District, 2002



  • Anywhere I Wander I Find Facts and Legends Relating to the Creel Family by Jame Adolphus Owens.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil moror ictus
Motto Translation: I do not care for blows.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Creel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Creel 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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