Last name: Creech
This unusual and interesting name is of British that is pre-Roman origin. It is a topographical or a locational name, and means either "one who lives at the barrow", or "by the hill" if topographical or "the place at the hill" if locational. The derivation is from the British (Celtic) and Old Welsh word "cruc", in Modern Welsh "crug", meaning variously "heap, barrow, hill", especially a round hill or hillock. The places called "Creech" in Dorset and "Creech St. Michael" in Somerset are the sources for the modern locational surname, the former being recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Criz" and "Cric" and the latter as "Crice", both meaning "the hill", from "cruc". There are a number of variants of the surname today, from Cridge and Crudge to Critch, Crutch and Creech. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Frances Cridge married Joseph Booth, which was dated 31st January 1666, St. James's Dukes Place, London, during the reign of King Charles 11, known as "The Merry Monarch", 1660 - 1685. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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There is an error in the information concerning the first Creech recorded name. My lineage is documented Creech from Richard Creech that came from Scotland in 1630. There was established a Creech (Creiche) Castle in Scotland that dated back to 1100's near the River Tay. These are recorded history in Scotland. The installment (by folklore) is that the Castle was installed along with the lands from either service to the King of England (Richard the Lionhearted) or blood relation. (not sure which)
Hence the name Richard and Henry are prominent in early Creech History in America.
With all due respect to our ancestors, I do wish you would have done your research a little more. The name Creech is not that of Roman but of Norman. Like Pianoz4u has stated, Creech is recorded in Scottish history with the spelling of Creich. The castle Creech is located in Fife on private land and in ruins. The castle was a tower built by the MacDuff clan and they *gave* or allowed our ancestors to live there for over 600 years.
You do see that is says pre-Roman, not Roman, right? Or was that changed since you made the comment?