Show ContentsMcCreesh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name McCreesh is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus." [1]

Early Origins of the McCreesh family

The surname McCreesh was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McCreesh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCreesh research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1543, 1584, 1640, 1703, 1797, 1798, 1868 and 1759 are included under the topic Early McCreesh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCreesh Spelling Variations

Many different spelling variations of the surname McCreesh exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

Early Notables of the McCreesh family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Hugo Magennis (d. 1640) who was the Franciscan Bishop of Down and Connor; the second Viscount Iveagh, Brian Magennis who was killed in action in 1703; Richard and Richard the...
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Migration of the McCreesh family

Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name McCreesh: John Guinnessy, who settled in New York in 1849; William Guinnes who settled in Barbados in 1663; Pat and Mary Guinnessy who settled in Quebec with their ten children in 1849..

Contemporary Notables of the name McCreesh (post 1700) +

  • Thomas P. McCreesh (1928-2016), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Senate (1959-1968)
  • John McCreesh (1876-1959), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Senate (1935-1958)
  • Raymond McCreesh (1957-1981), Provisional Irish Republican Army member, one of ten Irish republicans who died on hunger strike in the Maze Prison
  • Geoff McCreesh (b. 1970), British former boxer who won the British welterweight title in 1997
  • Paul McCreesh (b. 1960), English conductor, founder and artistic director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players

  1. MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7) on Facebook