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Where did the Scottish Cresswell family come from? What is the Scottish Cresswell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cresswell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cresswell family history?

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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.

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]


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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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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cresswell Notables 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
  • Mrs. Fanny Cresswell (1880-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Kenneth "Kenny" Grant Cresswell (b. 1958), New Zealand association football player who played for the New Zealand National Team (1978-1987)
  • Aaron William Cresswell (b. 1989), English professional footballer
  • Richard Paul Wesley Cresswell (b. 1977), English former professional footballer
  • Thomas Estcourt Cresswell (1712-1788), English politician, Member of Parliament for Wootton Bassett (1754-1774)
  • William Nichol Cresswell (1818-1888), English painter who emigrated to Canada in 1848 and is best known for his landscape and beach paintings done in watercolour or oil in Canada
  • Captain Samuel Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), Royal Navy officer who was the first British naval officer to cross the entire Northwest Passage
  • Ian Cresswell (b. 1968), Australian composer awarded the the Harrold Allen Memorial Prize for Composition and the Australian-Franco composition competition for young composers
  • Ryan Anthony Cresswell (b. 1987), English footballer

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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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Cresswell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cresswell 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.

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