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Where did the English Crabtree family come from? What is the English Crabtree family crest and coat of arms? When did the Crabtree family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crabtree family history?

The ancestors of the Crabtree surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the county of Yorkshire. Their name, however, indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent crabtree.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Crabtree include Crabtree, Crabbtree, Craybtree, Crabbetree and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crabtree research. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1610, 1639, and 1644 are included under the topic Early Crabtree History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crabtree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Crabtree Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Crabtree who was farming in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward Crabtree, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Crabtree who was working as a carpenter in Boston in 1639
  • John Crabtree, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639

Crabtree Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Crabtree, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Crabtree Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Crabtree, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1812
  • James Crabtree, aged 48, arrived in New York in 1812
  • J A Crabtree, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Benjamin Crabtree who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Samuel Crabtree, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857

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  • Don Crabtree, American flintknapper and archaeologist
  • Eric Crabtree (b. 1944), American former NFL and AFL football wide receiver
  • Estel Crabtree (1903-1967), American Major League Baseball player in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924), American actor and comedian
  • Tim Crabtree (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Sarah Crabtree, English fantasy writer
  • Harold Crabtree, Canadian industrialist, President of Wabasso Ltd
  • Eorl Crabtree (b. 1982), British Rugby League player
  • Jane Crabtree (b. 1981), Australia Olympic badminton player
  • Robert H. Crabtree (b. 1948), British chemist, who developed Crabtree's catalyst


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The Crabtree Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crabtree Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 9 March 2014 at 17:47.

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