Cryans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Cryans has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Cryans is O Croidheagain, from the word "croidhe," which means "heart."

Early Origins of the Cryans family

The surname Cryans was first found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Cryans family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cryans research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1616 is included under the topic Early Cryans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cryans Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Cryans were encountered in the archives: Cregan, Crean, O'Crean, O'Cryan, Creaghan, Creegan, Creahan, Crehan, Creane and many more.

Early Notables of the Cryans family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cryans family

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Cryans family came to North America quite early: Phillip Crean who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860; John Creahan settled in Philadelphia in 1868; Thomas Creane settled in Philadelphia in 1868.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cryans (post 1700)

  • Michael J. Cryans, American politician, County Commissioner in Grafton County, New Hampshire
  • Martin Cryans, British Assistant Referee at the 2010 and the 2013 Scottish Cup Final
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