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Cretney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Cretney family


The surname Cretney was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat. In a strange convolution of heritage and translation from the Gaelic, this name, Cretney is descended from MacBratney, or MacBhreatnaich, the Gaelic, meaning a son of the Strathclyde Briton, or children of the Britons, who settled amongst the Gaels. From their home lands in Clontag and Knockane in Galloway in Western Scotland they descended to Martin Birty who appears in records in 1471. They were known as the Clann a'Bhreatannich, and were originally from the Island of Gigha off Kintyre, a branch of the Galbraiths as early as 1230. The name evolved to Makbretny, and thence to Vretny and Cretny.

Early History of the Cretney family


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Cretney Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacBretney, Bretny, Bretney, MacBratney, Vretny, Cretney, Cretnie, Cretny, McBretnach, McBratny, MacBraten, MacBretnie, McVretney and many more.

Early Notables of the Cretney family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cretney family to Ireland


Some of the Cretney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cretney family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cretney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Cretney, aged 20, originally from Isle of Man, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6PN-4P8 : 6 December 2014), Thomas Cretney, 18 Apr 1892; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • James Cretney, aged 27, originally from Isle of Man, arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXZR-D27 : 6 December 2014), James Cretney, 13 Apr 1899; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Cretney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Cretney, aged 53, originally from Douglas, Isle of Man, arrived in New York in 1900 aboard the ship "Campania" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX8Y-82Q : 6 December 2014), Robt. Cretney, 01 Oct 1900; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Alex Cretney, aged 22, originally from Donyhar, Isle of Man, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Campania" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXXY-YTT : 6 December 2014), Alex Cretney, 17 Mar 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Margaret Cretney, aged 33, originally from Burnley, England, arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ7M-QPX : 6 December 2014), Margaret Cretney, 07 Mar 1914; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Phyllis Cretney, aged 2, originally from Burnley, England, arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ7M-QPV : 6 December 2014), Phyllis Cretney, 07 Mar 1914; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Cretney (post 1700)


  • Thomas Grant Cretney (1870-1938), American businessman and politician who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1915
  • Louis Ronald "Ron" Cretney, Manx politician, Minister of Education (1990-1991) in the Isle of Man Government
  • John Thomas Cretney (1879-1956), English professional footballer
  • David Cretney (b. 1954), Manx politician and entrepreneur, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Isle of Man Government (2006-2010), Minister of Community, Culture and Leisure (2010–2011), Minister of Infrastructure (2011–2014)

The Cretney Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quad ero spero
Motto Translation: What I shall be, I hope.


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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6PN-4P8 : 6 December 2014), Thomas Cretney, 18 Apr 1892; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXZR-D27 : 6 December 2014), James Cretney, 13 Apr 1899; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX8Y-82Q : 6 December 2014), Robt. Cretney, 01 Oct 1900; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXXY-YTT : 6 December 2014), Alex Cretney, 17 Mar 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ7M-QPX : 6 December 2014), Margaret Cretney, 07 Mar 1914; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ7M-QPV : 6 December 2014), Phyllis Cretney, 07 Mar 1914; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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