Show ContentsCrellin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Crellin originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Raghallaigh. However, the connection of this name, which is also Anglicized as Crawley or MacCrawley, to the name Crilly is in actuality a matter of debate among scholars.

Early Origins of the Crellin family

The surname Crellin was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Crellin family

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Crellin Spelling Variations

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Crellin family name include Crilly, O'Crilly, Creely, Crely, Crillie, Creelie, Crelie, Crilley, Creeley, Creley and many more.

Early Notables of the Crellin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Crellin family

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Crellin: Thomas Crilly, who sailed to America in 1812; Bernard Crilly, age 30; Bridget Crilly, age 25; Michael Crilly, age 19; John Crilly, age 3; and Ann, age six months, who all settled in Quebec in 1834.

Contemporary Notables of the name Crellin (post 1700) +

  • Robert Crellin (b. 1962), professional Australian rules footballer
  • John Crellin (d. 2009), Manx motorcycle racer
  • John Frissell Crellin MC JP CP (b. 1889), Member of the House of Keys in the Isle of Man
  • David Crellin (b. 1961), English actor, best known for his role on Coronation Street

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Robert William Crellin (d. 1914), British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [1]
  • Mr. Robert William Crellin (1879-1914), British Second Class Passenger returning from Silverton, British Columbia, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [2]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William Crellin (b. 1915), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Maryport, Cumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [3]

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  2. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from
  3. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook