Creswick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Creswick comes from when the family resided beside a cress or marsh. The surname Creswick originally derived from the Old English words cresse and wic which means marsh.

Early Origins of the Creswick family

The surname Creswick was first found in Yorkshire, at Creswick, a hamlet in the parish of Ecclesfield, near Sheffield. [1] While there is no doubt of the Anglo-Saxon heritage on the name, one must consider that the name could also have been Norman in origin as "William de Cresek was mentioned in Normandy c. 1200, where estates were granted to him by Henry de Bailliolet. " [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes de Cressewik and Johannes de Croswick. However, these may be the same person as one appears on page 40 while the other on page 41. [1]

Early History of the Creswick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Creswick research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1679 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Creswick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Creswick Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Creswick has been recorded under many different variations, including Creswick, Cressewik, Creswicke, Cressick and many more.

Early Notables of the Creswick family (pre 1700)

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United States Creswick migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Creswick or a variant listed above:

Creswick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Creswick who sailed to Nevis in 1663
Creswick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Creswick, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]

Australia Creswick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Creswick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Creswick of Hawthorne House, Melbourne, Australia

Contemporary Notables of the name Creswick (post 1700) +

  • Henry Creswick (1824-1892), English-born, Australian cricketer. He played two first-class cricket matches for Victoria in 1858
  • Frances E. Creswick, English Assistant to the Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, 1931-1938, eponym of Creswick Peaks, and the Creswick Gap, Antarctica
  • Thomas Creswick RA (1811-1869), English landscape painter and illustrator
  • Benjamin Creswick (1853-1946), English sculptor
  • Sir Nathaniel Creswick K.C.B. (1831-1917), English footballer who co-founded Sheffield FC, the oldest football club in the world, in 1857
  • Philip Creswick (b. 1965), English musician and songwriter
  • Henry, Charles and John Creswick, three Australian brothers who started a large sheep station in 1842 in what would later be known as Creswick, Victoria, Australia
  • Harry Richard Creswick (1902-1988), British librarian, head of the university libraries at both Oxford and Cambridge

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ 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) on Facebook
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