Crelley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Crelley surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the counties of Northumberland, Sussex and Bedfordshire.

Early Origins of the Crelley family

The surname Crelley was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Crelley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crelley research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1130 is included under the topic Early Crelley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crelley Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Crelley include Crawley, Crawly, Craley, Crally and others.

Early Notables of the Crelley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Crelley family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Crally, who arrived in Maryland in 1664; Ann Crawley, who came to Pennsylvania in 1682; Charles Crawley, who settled in Virginia in 1700; John Crawley who settled in Maryland in 1729.

Contemporary Notables of the name Crelley (post 1700)

  • Jack Crelley, English footballer who played for Everton (1898-1907)
  • David Crelley, Australian principal of Griffith High School, Griffith, New South Wales
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