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The Irish name Cregan has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Cregan is O Croidheagain, from the word "croidhe," which means "heart."

Cregan Early Origins



The surname Cregan was first found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Cregan Spelling Variations


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Cregan Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Cregan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Cregan, Crean, O'Crean, O'Cryan, Creaghan, Creegan, Creahan, Crehan, Creane and many more.

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Cregan Early History


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Cregan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cregan research. Another 382 words (27 lines of text) covering the year 1616 is included under the topic Early Cregan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cregan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cregan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cregan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Cregan family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Cregan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Cregan, who landed in New York in 1819
  • James Cregan settled in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Annie Cregan, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Cavan, in 1892
  • Bernd. Cregan, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Ballymahon, in 1892

Cregan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christopher Cregan, aged 28, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Annie Cregan, aged 18, who settled in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1904
  • Bridget Cregan, aged 55, who landed in America from Tarbert, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ellie Cregan, aged 19, who settled in America from Ballyduff, Ireland, in 1908
  • Denis Cregan, aged 36, who landed in America from Shanagolden, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cregan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Cregan, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cregan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cregan (post 1700)



  • John Cregan (1878-1965), American Olympian who won a silver medal at the 1900 games
  • Michael Cregan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884
  • Daniel W. Cregan, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State Senate 2nd District, 1954
  • Bernard Cregan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1867

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Motto


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Motto



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: Cor mundum crea in me, Deus
Motto Translation: Create in me a clean heart, O God.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    4. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Cregan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cregan 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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