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The surname Cresswell was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Carswell in the parish of Neilston in that shire, and later branched to Carnswell in the barony of Carnwath in Lanarkshire, and to Carswell in the barony of Hassendean in Roxburghshire. Alexander Cresswell son of Uchtred was the first known of the name, and William Cresswell was Chancellor of Moray between 1281 and 1298. [1]

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Cresswell has been spelled Carswell, Cresswell, Carsewell, Cressville, Carswele, Kersewell, Cressewell, Chriswell and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cresswell research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1373, 1603, 1296, 1688, 1743, 1710, 1713, 1713, 1715, 1654, 1712 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Cresswell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Cresswell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Cresswell settled in St. Christopher in 1645

Cresswell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • I Cresswell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Cresswell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

Cresswell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Cresswell, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Cresswell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Statesman" in 1850

Cresswell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Jas Cresswell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Cresswell arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Amelia Cresswell, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • William Cresswell, aged 6, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Eliza Cresswell, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842


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  • Brad Cresswell, American radio broadcaster and former opera singer
  • Peter Cresswell FRS, British immunologist, and Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology and of Dermatology, at Yale School of Medicine
  • Helen Cresswell (1934-2005), English television scriptwriter and author of more than 100 children's books
  • Lyell Cresswell (b. 1944), New Zealand composer of contemporary classical music
  • George Fenwick "Fen" Cresswell (1915-1966), New Zealand cricketer who played three Tests for New Zealand
  • Arthur Edward Cresswell (1917-2002), New Zealand cricketer, New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year in 1949
  • Jasmine Rosemary Cresswell (b. 1941), Welsh best-selling author of over 50 romance novels under the pen names Jasmine Cresswell and Jasmine Craig
  • Walter D'Arcy Cresswell (1896-1960), New Zealand poet, journalist and writer
  • Warneford "Warney" Cresswell (1897-1973), English international footballer and coach
  • Addison Lee Cresswell (1960-2013), British comedy talent agent and producer

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  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)

Other References

  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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