Show ContentsMcCreedy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name McCreedy lived among the ancient Scottish people called the Picts. The McCreedy family lived in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the McCreedy family

The surname McCreedy 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 McCreedy family

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McCreedy 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. McCreedy has appeared MacCreadie, MacCredie, MacCready, MacReady, MacRedie and many more.

Early Notables of the McCreedy family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McCreedy family to Ireland

Some of the McCreedy 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.

Canada McCreedy migration to Canada +

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 McCreedy:

McCreedy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McCreedy, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Contemporary Notables of the name McCreedy (post 1700) +

  • Sharon McCreedy, American actress, known for The Brave (1997), Fade to Black (1980) and The Junkman (1982)
  • John "Johnny" McCreedy (1917-1979), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, member of two Stanley Cup-winning teams, in 1942 and 1945, inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2004
  • Conor Matthew Mccreedy (b. 1987), South African artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and conservationist

The McCreedy 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