Show ContentsMcCreery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McCreery family

The surname McCreery was 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.

Early History of the McCreery family

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McCreery Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McCreery family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacCreary, MacCreery, MacCrary, MacCrory and others.

Early Notables of the McCreery family (pre 1700)

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McCreery Ranking

In the United States, the name McCreery is the 13,460th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States McCreery migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McCreery family in North America:

McCreery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McCreery, aged 51, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827 [2]
  • James McCreery, aged 12, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827 [2]
  • John McCreery, aged 14, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827 [2]
  • Mathew McCreery, aged 19, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827 [2]
  • James G McCreery, who arrived in Schuyler County, Illinois in 1840 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCreery (post 1700) +

  • William McCreery (1750-1814), American politician, U.S. Representative from Maryland
  • Thomas C. McCreery (1816-1890), American politician, US Senator from Kentucky
  • Gigi McCreery, American Primetime Emmy Award winning producer, known for Wizards of Waverly Place (2007), Friends (1994) and See Dad Run (2012)
  • John Alexander McCreery (1885-1948), American surgeon
  • Esley Porterfield "Ed" McCreery (1889-1960), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Thomas Livingston "Tom" McCreery (1874-1941), American outfielder and pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Scott Cooke "Scotty" McCreery (b. 1993), American country singer
  • Edward "Ned" McCreery (1945-1992), Northern Irish Loyalist paramilitary
  • David McCreery (b. 1957), Northern Irish former footballer
  • Charles Anthony Selby McCreery (b. 1942), British psychologist and author
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Sydney McCreery, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [3]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook