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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, 1654, 1712 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Cresswell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 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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  • 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


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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. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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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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