Cresson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Cresson 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 Cresson 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.

Early Origins of the Cresson family

The surname Cresson 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.

Early History of the Cresson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cresson research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1435 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Cresson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cresson 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.

Early Notables of the Cresson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Alexandre Louis Ducrest de Villeneuve (1777-1852), a French naval officer and admiral. He was born in Paris and joined the Navy in 1791 when he was just 14 years old. By 1796, he was a midshipman first class, and in 1800 he...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cresson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cresson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cresson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Cresson, who arrived in New Netherland(a) in 1659 [1]
Cresson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Conrad Cresson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728 [1]
  • Isaac Cresson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cresson (post 1700) +

  • Elliott Cresson (1796-1854), American businessman and philanthropist; he established the Elliott Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute in 1848
  • Ezra Townsend Cresson (1838-1926), American entomologist
  • Édith Cresson (b. 1934), French politician, first and only female Prime Minister of France (1991-1992)
  • Cresson Kearny (1914-2003), American author of Nuclear War Survival Skills


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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