The surname of CREGOE has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The family arrived in England from Crevecoeur, in France, in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. CREGOE (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, appears to be the first of the name on record. In 1066 Duke William of Normandy conquered England. He was crowned King, and most of the lands of the English nobility were soon granted to his followers. Domesday Book was compiled 20 years later. The Saxon Chronicle records that in 1085 'at Gloucester at midwinter, the King had deep speech with his counsellors, and sent men all over England to each shire to find out, what or how much each landowner held in land and livestock, and what it was worth. The returns were brought to him'. William was thorough. One of his Counsellors reports that he also sent a second set of Commissioners 'to shires they did not know and where they were themselves unknown, to check their predecessors' survey, and report culprits to the King'. The information was collected at Winchester, corrected, abridged, and copied by one single writer into a single volume. Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex were copied, by several writers into a second volume. The whole undertaking was completed at speed, in less than 12 months.
Other records of the name mention Helias de Creuequor who was documented in the year 1158 in the County of Suffolk. Robert de Crouequoer was recorded in 1200 in County Kent. Robert de Crequer, was documented in Cornwall in the year of 1284.
The name has many variants which include Creegor and Craker. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.
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