Cresswell Coat of Arms
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Which coat of arms or "family crest" is mine?
Choose the design you like best, just your ancestors did when they painted these symbols on the shields they carried into battle and displayed in their homes. These coats of arms are real, historical works of art/culture dating back as far as 1100AD. Most of these designs were compiled and documented by genealogists and heraldists in large books published in the nineteenth century. These arms were owned by individuals who bore your surname, and were passed down through the generations from father to son, earning the monicker "family crest".
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Cresswell Name
The surname Cresswell (or Creswell), a local name of “of Cresswell”. Parishes in Northumerland and Stafford bear this name. The name derives from the Old English word cærse, meaning watercress, and well, meaning spring/stream.
Early notables include Thomas de Cresswell of Stafford during the reign of Henry III and Edward I (source: Testa de Ville, Henry de Creswell during the reign of Henry I (source: Placita de Quo Warranto), Robert Cresswyle in county Derby recorded in 1273 in the Hundreds Rolls, Ricardus Creswill recording in 1379, Emmot Creswyll recorded in 1379, and John Creswell in York in 1581. Joseph Creswell (1557-1623) was an English Jesuit priest. Sir Cresswell Cresswell (1794-1863) was an English lawyer and politician.
The family motto is Cressa tie careat, which means “Let not Cressa want”.
Cresswell Coat of Arms Meaning
See glossary for symbol meaning.