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

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Crompton surname lived in Crompton, a township in the county of Lancashire. This place-name is derived from the Old English word Crometun, when translated means those who lived by a well or spring.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crompton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Crompton include: Crompton, Cromptone, Crompten and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crompton research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crompton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Crompton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crompton or a variant listed above:

Crompton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Crompton, who arrived in Virginia in 1622-1623
  • Henry Crompton, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Henry Crompton settled in Virginia in 1660
  • Margaret Crompton settled in Barbados in 1663
  • Arth Crompton, who arrived in Virginia in 1663


Crompton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Crompton who settled in Maryland in 1775

Crompton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Crompton, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Robert Crompton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

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  • Samuel Crompton (1753-1827), English inventor of the the spinning mule, a machine that revolutionised the spinning industry
  • Richmal Crompton (1890-1969), English writer
  • Robert "Bob" Crompton (1879-1941), English professional footballer
  • John "Jack" Crompton (1921-2013), English footballer and football manager
  • Andrew "Andy" Crompton, English footballer from Stretford, England
  • Darren Crompton (b. 1972), English professional rugby union player for Bristol Rugby
  • Wilfred Crompton (1908-1971), English professional footballer from Blackburn, England
  • William Vernon "Bill" Crawford- Crompton CB, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (1915-1988), New Zealand pilot and air ace of the Second World War and after the war, he went on to serve as a senior commander in the Royal Air Force
  • Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton FRS (1845-1940), British electrical engineer, industrialist and inventor, founder of Crompton & Co., one of the world's first large-scale manufactures of electrical equipment


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The Crompton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crompton 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.

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