Show ContentsMcCreath History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McCreath was a name for a prosperous person. The Gaelic form of the surname McCreath is Mac Rath, which literally means son of grace or son of prosperity.

Early Origins of the McCreath family

The surname McCreath was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, but their ancient history is often clouded with conjecture. It appears certain that they lived before the 14th century at Clunes, to the west of Inverness in the territories of the Fraser Clan. Consequently the family has always been friendly towards that Clan. From about 1400, they moved to the location with which they are readily associated, Kintail.

Early History of the McCreath family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCreath research. Another 548 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1425, 1477, 1505, 1539, 1688, 1715, 1745, 1764, 1778 and 1890 are included under the topic Early McCreath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCreath Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name McCreath include MacCrae, MacCraith, MacCrath, MacCraw, MacCray, MacCrea, MacCree, MacCreight, MacCrie, MacReagh, MacRae, MacRay, MacRie and many more.

Early Notables of the McCreath family

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Finghin MacCarthy Reagh (c.1425-1505), the 8th Prince of Carbery from 1477 to 1505, belonged to the MacCarthy Reagh dynasty; the Earl of Seaforth who forfeited his lands in 1715, but in 1764 was allowed to buy the lands back from the Government. In gratitude he offered to raise a regiment to be known as the Seaforth Highlanders (the 78th Regiment). Composed largely of MacKenzies and MacRaes (always loyal supporters of the MacKenzies whose Chief commanded the Regiment), it was embodied at Elgin in May 1778...
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Ireland Migration of the McCreath family to Ireland

Some of the McCreath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States McCreath migration to the United States +

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of McCreath:

McCreath Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James McCreath, aged 31, who immigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1908
  • Jean McCreath, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Ayr, Scotland, in 1913
  • Alex McCreath, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Jamesina McCreath, aged 26, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923
  • Malcolm McCreath, aged 24, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923
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Canada McCreath migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCreath Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Dottie McCreath, aged 21, who settled in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name McCreath (post 1700) +

  • Nicholas Valentino McCreath (b. 1978), Jamaican footballer midfielder
  • Ralph McCreath, Canadian three-time gold, and three-time bronze medalist figure skater, inducted into the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Peter L. McCreath PC (b. 1943), Canadian former Chairman of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, and former Canadian politician
  • John McCreath Farquhar (1832-1918), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 32nd District, 1885-91 1

The McCreath 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: Fortitudine
Motto Translation: With fortitude.

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