Show ContentsCrein History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Crein surname lived among the Boernicians, an ancient Scottish tribe. It is a name for a person whose was tall, and had long legs. This nickname derived from the Old English words cranuc, and cornuc, which mean crane.

Early Origins of the Crein family

The surname Crein was first found in Suffolk, England, before the name made its way North to Scotland.

"In 1261 an inquest found that a man named Crane had held, by gift of King William the Lion, the lands of Inyaney and the office of gate-keeper of the royal castle, and that he never raised an army or gave assistance or did anything else in the world for the said lands, except gate-keeper of our lord the king's castle of Montrose. Cran and Crann are current in the shires of Aberdeen, Banff, and Inverness, and Patrick Crane is recorded in Aberdeen in 1398. Crane is the spelling used by an old family in the parish of Maryton." [1]

Early History of the Crein family

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Crein Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Crein has been spelled Crane, Craine, Crain, Cran, Crann, Crayne and others.

Early Notables of the Crein family

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Ireland Migration of the Crein family to Ireland

Some of the Crein family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Crein family

The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Crein or a variant listed above: Jasper Crane, a passenger on the "Hector," who settled in the New Haven, Colony in 1637; Richard Crane, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Samuel Crane, who came to Virginia in 1653.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook