Creighton Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Creighton Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Creighton

The Creighton family history was found in the archives. Variants of Creighton include Crichten, Crighton and Crean. This is a surname of local origin from the old barony of Crichton in Midlothian, Scotland , meaning 'of Crichton'. This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Turstan de Crectune who witnessed King David's great charter to Holyrood in 1128 and Henricus Crictannus who witnessed a charter by Roger, bishop elect of St. Andrews, 1189-98. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland this name is sometimes a variant of Crean but is also found in Ulster Province, having been introduced there by settlers who arrived from Scotland and England , especially during the seventeenth century.
The Creighton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Creighton descendants.
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