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

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. McCreary originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Ruaidhri, which means son of Rory.

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The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McCreary revealed spelling variations, including MacCreary, MacCreery, MacCrary, MacCrory and others.

First found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCreary research. Another 459 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1298, and 1800 are included under the topic Early McCreary History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McCreary:

McCreary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary McCreary, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • James McCreary, who arrived in America in 1795-1798

McCreary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew McCreary, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830

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  • Aaron M. "Mac" McCreary, American football, basketball, and baseball player, coach, and college athletics administrator
  • George Deardorff McCreary (1846-1915), American Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Judith McCreary, American TV writer and producer
  • Lew McCreary, American author, editor, and speaker
  • Lori McCreary, American motion picture producer and computer scientist
  • Bear McCreary (b. 1979), American classically-trained American composer and musician
  • James Bennett McCreary (1838-1918), lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky
  • Conn N. McCreary (1921-1979), United States Hall of Fame jockey and trainer
  • William Edward McCreary Sr. (b. 1934), Canadian National Hockey League left winger, coach and general manager
  • William Forsythe McCreary (1855-1904), Canadian politician

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  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  10. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
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The McCreary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCreary 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 21 December 2014 at 18:02.

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