McCreadie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of first people to use the name McCreadie. The name was found in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the McCreadie family

The surname McCreadie was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McCreadie family

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McCreadie Spelling Variations

In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. McCreadie has appeared MacCreadie, MacCredie, MacCready, MacReady, MacRedie and many more.

Early Notables of the McCreadie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McCreadie family to Ireland

Some of the McCreadie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McCreadie migration to the United States +

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name McCreadie:

McCreadie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hugh McCreadie, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Mary McCreadie, aged 2, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jessie McCreadie, aged 23, who settled in America from Bootle, England, in 1908
  • James M. McCreadie, aged 24, who landed in America from Coatbridge, Scotland, in 1909
  • William McCreadie, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCreadie (post 1700) +

  • Tim McCreadie (b. 1974), American Dirt Modified racing driver, 2006 World of Outlaws Champion, 2006 Chili Bowl winner and 1997 Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year
  • Michael McCreadie (b. 1946), Scottish silver medalist Paralympian at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games
  • Andrew McCreadie (b. 1870), Scottish professional footballer who played for the Scotland National Team (1893-1894)
  • Edward Graham "Eddie" McCreadie (b. 1940), former Scottish footballer and later football manager
  • Blair Wilson McCreadie, Canadian politician, former president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
  • Tom "T.O." McCreadie (1907-1992), Australian film director and producer
  • Drew McCreadie (b. 1967), Canadian actor, playwright and improvisor who won two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards
  • Barry McCreadie (b. 1961), former Irish footballer who played with Derry City F.C in 1985

The McCreadie 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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared. on Facebook