Creery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Creery originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Ruaidhri, which means son of Rory.

Early Origins of the Creery family

The surname Creery was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Creery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creery research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1298 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Creery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Creery Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Creery can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacCreary, MacCreery, MacCrary, MacCrory and others.

Early Notables of the Creery family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Creery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Creery migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Creery name:

Creery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Creery, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [1]

New Zealand Creery migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Creery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Eliza Creery, (b. 1843), aged 24, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd January 1868 [2]
  • Miss Mary J. Creery, (b. 1858), aged 20, Irish housemaid from Tyrone departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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