The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Creich lived in the lands of Creech in Fife.
Early Origins of the Creich family
The surname Creich was first found in Fife
, at Creech, derived from the ancient Celtic word "crug" which means a mound or hill.CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
While the surname hails from Scotland
, there are at least two listing of the same name further south in England
, specifically Creech East in Dorset
and Creech St. Michael in Somerset
. Both date back to the Domesday Book
where they were listed as Cris and Crixe, respectively.CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Creich family
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Creich Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Creich has been spelled Creech, Creich, Creigh, Craich, Creych, Creyche and others.
Early Notables of the Creich family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Creich family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Creich: Stephen Creigh who settled in Philadelphia in 1850.