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

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Creely originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Raghallaigh. However, the connection of this name, which is also Anglicized as Crawley or MacCrawley, to the name Crilly is in actuality a matter of debate among scholars.


Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Creely family name include Crilly, O'Crilly, Creely, Crely, Crillie, Creelie, Crelie, Crilley, Creeley, Creley and many more.

First found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat since ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creely research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creely History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Creely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Creely:

Creely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Creely, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Creely, who settled in Allegany County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • John Creely, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848

Creely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Creely, aged 15, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"


  • John Vaudain Creely (b. 1839), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 2nd District, 1871-73
  • John Vaudain Creely (1839-1900), Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania


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The Creely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Creely 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 28 October 2015 at 11:07.

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