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The surname Cress is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Cress is derived from the Old French word "creste," meaning the peak of a hill and indicated that the original bearer lived at or near such a place.

Cress Early Origins



The surname Cress was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

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Cress Spelling Variations


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Cress Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Crest, Cret, Crests, Crets, Creste, Crete, Crête, Crestes, Cretes, du Crest, Ducrest, du Cret, Ducret, Crais, Crait, Crez, Ducrais, Ducrait, Ducrez, Cray, Crey and many more.

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Cress Early History


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Cress Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cress research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1435 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Cress History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cress Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cress Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cress Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cress Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ulrich Cress, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Joh Peter Cress, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johan Henrich Cress, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Niclas Cress, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Henry Cress, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763

Cress Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ephraim Cress, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Jacob Cress, who landed in Canada in 1831

Cress Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sophia Cress arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851

Cress Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Cress, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
  • Louisa Cress, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cress (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cress (post 1700)



  • Walker James "Foots" Cress (1917-1996), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 1948 and 1949
  • Roman William Cress (b. 1977), American two-time gold, five-time sliver medalist track athlete
  • Paul H. Cress (1939-2004), Canadian computer scientist, known for creating WATFOR (WATerloo FORtran), for the IBM System/360 family of computers
  • Frederick Harold Cress AM (1938-2009), British-born, Australian painter, awarded the Archibald Prize in 1988 for his portrait of John Beard

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Cress Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cress Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 June 2014 at 08:09.

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