Crehan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish name Crehan has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Crehan is O Croidheagain, from the word "croidhe," which means "heart."
Early Origins of the Crehan family
The surname Crehan 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.
Early History of the Crehan family
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Crehan Spelling Variations
Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Crehan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Cregan, Crean, O'Crean, O'Cryan, Creaghan, Creegan, Creahan, Crehan, Creane and many more.
Early Notables of the Crehan family (pre 1700)
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Crehan migration to the United States +
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Crehan family in North America:
Crehan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Crehan, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1864 
Crehan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bridget Crehan, aged 18, who settled in America from Ballygar, Ireland, in 1907
- John Crehan, aged 37, who landed in America from New Bridge, Ireland, in 1907
- Bernard Crehan, aged 26, who landed in America from Ballygar, Ireland, in 1908
- Johannah Crehan, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Lizzagry, Ireland, in 1908
- Annie Crehan, aged 28, who landed in America from Ballygas, Ireland, in 1909
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Crehan migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Crehan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Patrick Crehan, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Crehan (post 1700) +
- Joseph Crehan (1883-1966), American film actor who appeared in over 300 films
- John J. Crehan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 10th District, 1932 
- Bernard J. Crehan (b. 1874), Irish Roman Catholic priest and author
- Martin "Junior" Crehan (1908-1998), Irish fiddle player
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The Crehan 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.
- ^ 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)
- ^ South Australian Register 1857. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1857.shtml
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html