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

The surname Creste 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 Creste 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.

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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.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early Creste Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Creste Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Creste, who landed in New England in 1719

Creste Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Jean Creste, who arrived in Canada in 1649

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The Creste Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Creste 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 22 September 2010 at 13:10.

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