The surname of CREASOR was a locational name 'of de Cressy' in Picardy, France. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and is now strongly represented in Lincoln, Norfolk and Suffolk. Families acquired a place name as a surname under three different sets of circumstances. Either the man lived or worked in, on or near some topographic formation or landscape feature, either natural or artificial or he formerly lived in a village, town or city and acquired the reputation of being from that place. Finally he owned or was lord of the village or manor designated. In the overwhelming majority of cases it is impossible to say whether a remote ancestor owned the manor or had merely once lived in that place. However, it is safe to say that in most cases a manor or village name merely identifies the place where the original bearer of the name formerly resided. Early records of the name mention Cenric Creasy, 1095 County Suffolk.
Alexander de Cressi, 1273 County Lincoln. Willelmus Creasor of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Peter Cressy was bailiff of Yarmouth in 1341. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
Sir Edward Shepard CREASEY (1812-78) was an English jurist and historian, he was born in Bexley, Kent. From Eton college he passed to Kings college, Cambridge, and in 1834 was elected a fellow. Called to the bar in 1837, he went on the home circuit for over 20 years, and in 1840 he was appointed professor of history at London university, and in 1860 chief-justice of Ceylon.In 1870 he came home invalided on a years leave of absence, in 1871 went out again, but had to finally return in 1873. He was the author of The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World (1851), Invasions of England (1852), and History of the Ottoman Turks (1854-56).
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