I have heard of many crossover names. Example, Craighead has been spelled Craghead, Craget, Crogget, Crocket. I have, however, never heard of it being *shortened* to Craig. Is it poosible? I suppose so. One branch actually changed it from the proper Craighead to Craggot when they went to Texas around 1900. These people *did* know how to read and write and spell their own names, so I assume this was an intentional change. So it is certainly *possible* that your story could be true.
Now, the bigger question: is it?
Craig *is* a distinct name seperate from Craighead. It has a long and proud tradition behind it and was a name prominent in Scotch law. According to Black's, the official bible of Scotch names, (tho not always reliable,) There were at least three families styling themselves "Craig, of that ilk" in the fifteenth century. Sir Thomas Craig of Riccarton was a noted judge and his writings on Scotch law are still referred to in courts today. There were more Craigs in the law down thru history. This branch is from Riccarton, which is just to the SW of Glasgow, in Ayrshire.
So either case is possible!
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I am a Craig. Was always told Craig originated from Craighead or Craghead. I was born in the US in 1949. Most of my Craig family was raised on Kansas farms or in Kansas City, MO.
Any other Craig's out there who think they were Craighead'S?