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This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from a place so called in Cornwall, and means "(the church of) St. Creda or Crida", named after a 7th Century female saint who is believed to have come from Ireland. The personal name is derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "creoda", belief, faith. The placename was first recorded as "Sancte Cride" in the Episcopal Registers of 1275. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace.

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