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Where did the English Crabtree family come from? 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 Anglo-Saxon name Crabtree comes from when the family resided in the county of Yorkshire. Their name, however, indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent crabtree.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Crabtree has been recorded under many different variations, including 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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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Crabtree or a variant listed above:

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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