The surname is one of the many Irish surnames rooted in Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Creagh is Craobhach, derived from the word "craobh," which means "branch."
Early Origins of the O'Creagh family
The surname O'Creagh was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where this ancient Irish family was descended from King Niall of "the Nine Hostages," the great General King, who in turn was descended from the Heremon
line of Irish Kings. The Creaghs were one of the celebrated septs and leading gentry of the County Clare
. They were a branch of the O'Neills of County Clare
and tradition has it that they carried green branches with them into battle against the Norsemen at Limerick
. Their name is derived from the Irish surname Craobhach, which is the adjective formed from the noun "craob," a branch. Other names are derived from this source as well such as Cray, the anglicized form of O Craoibhe meaning "descendant of Craobhach."
Early History of the O'Creagh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Creagh research.Another 441 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1848, 1923, 1705, 1585, 1541, 1585, 1676, 1693, 1500, 1505, 1514, 1518, 1520, 1523 and 1689 are included under the topic Early O'Creagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Creagh Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname O'Creagh are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Creagh, Crear, Creag, Creavagh, Cray and others.
Early Notables of the O'Creagh family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Archbishop of Dublin
, Dr. Pierce Creagh; and Richard Creagh (died 1585), born in Limerick
, he was an Irish Catholic Archbishop of Armagh who died in the Tower of London, his nephew Peter Creagh, was Bishop of Cork and Cloyne from 1676 to 1693... Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Creagh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Creagh family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name O'Creagh or a variant listed above: Carmelo Creagh who settled in Philadelphia in 1878; along with Richard and Thomas; Isabella Creag settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; Michael Creier settled in Philadelphia in 1741..
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Creagh (post 1700)
- John O'Creagh, American actor, known for Davy Jones' Locker (1995), Winter of Frozen Dreams (2009) and Coda (2005)