The tale of the name Creigh begins with a family who lived in the lands of Creech in Fife.
Early Origins of the Creigh family
The surname Creigh 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 Creigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creigh research.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1241, 1544, 1611, 1659 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Creigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Creigh Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Creigh has been spelled Creech, Creich, Creigh, Craich, Creych, Creyche and others.
Early Notables of the Creigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Creigh family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Creigh:
Creigh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Stephen Creigh who settled in Philadelphia in 1850
Creigh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Creigh, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Patrick Creigh, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875