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The ancestors of the Cregg family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region), and other shires across Scotland. The Cregg surname is derived Scottish Gaelic word creag, meaning "a rock" which became the Scottish word "craig." Craig is parish in Forfarshire which was "formerly called Inchbrayock, the 'island of trout,' by which name an island of thirty-four Scotch acres within the parish is still known. Craig was at that time only the designation of one of the chief estates, and it is supposed that, when the place of worship was transferred from the island to the property of Craig on the continental part of the district, the name of Craig, which is naturally derived from the rocky nature of the shore, was extended to the whole of the parish." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Cregg Early Origins



The surname Cregg was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland. This northern Clan was frequently associated with the Gordons, but their first records appeared in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire to the south about 1180. One of the first records of the name was Johannes del Crag who was witness to a charter by William the Lion. Later, Robertus de Crag witnessed a charter by Alexander II.

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Cregg Spelling Variations


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Cregg Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Cregg has been spelled Craig, Craigh, Creag, Creagh and others.

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Cregg Early History


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Cregg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cregg research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1296, 1300, 1335, 1440, 1538, 1608, 1620, 1663 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Cregg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cregg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cregg Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Thomas Craig ( c. 1538-1608), a Scottish jurist and poet; John Craig M.D. (died 1620), a Scottish physician and astronomer, physician to James VI...

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

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Cregg In Ireland


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Cregg In Ireland



Some of the Cregg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Cregg:

Cregg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Cregg, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Mary Cregg, aged 27, who landed in America from Queenstown, in 1893
  • Pat Cregg, aged 22, who landed in America from Co. Rosecommon, in 1893
  • John Cregg, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Ellen Cregg, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Roscommon, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cregg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen Cregg, aged 18, who landed in America from Ballinlough, in 1900
  • Lucy Cregg, aged 7, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1904
  • Edward Cregg, aged 34, who landed in America from Frenchpark, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie Cregg, aged 29, who settled in America from Boyle, Ireland, in 1907
  • Benjamin Cregg, aged 21, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cregg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cregg (post 1700)



  • James Cregg (b. 1973), American football coach
  • Hugh A. Cregg, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940
  • George W. Cregg, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1964
  • Frank J. Cregg, American Democrat politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1933-45
  • Hugh Cregg (b. 1951), original name of Huey Lewis, American musician, songwriter and occasional actor
  • Patrick Cregg (b. 1986), Irish footballer

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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: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  9. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

The Cregg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cregg 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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