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Where did the Scottish Crosby family come from? When did the Crosby family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crosby family history?

The roots of the name Crosby are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Crosby was originally found in Wigtown and Dumfriesshire. The place-name Crosby is derived from the Old Norse words kross and byr, which mean cross and farm.


In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Crosby has appeared as Crosby, Crosseby, Crosbie, Crossby, Corsby and many more.

First found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosby research. Another 377 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1180, 1189, 1215, 1289, 1296, 1347, 1440, 1593, 1546 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Crosby History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Crosby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Crosby Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Simon Crosby came in the "Susan and Ellen" sailing ship in 1635 and settled in Braintree, he became a freeman in 1636. His son, also named Simon, became the first innholder in Billerica
  • Marmaduke Crosby, aged 28, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Simon Crosby, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Symon Crosby, aged 26, landed in America in 1635
  • Tho Crosby, who arrived in Virginia in 1637

Crosby Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Joshua Crosby, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Thomas Crosby, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Patrick Crosby, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1775

Crosby Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Crosby, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Neal Crosby, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Mathew Crosby, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Mr. Crosby, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Peter Crosby, who arrived in New York in 1822


  • Bubba Crosby (b. 1976), New York Yankees baseball player
  • Nathaniel Crosby (b. 1961), American golfer and son of Bing Crosby
  • John Crosby (1926-2002), American musician, conductor, and arts administrator
  • Frances Jane "Fanny" Crosby (1820-1915), American hymnwriter, lyricist, and composer, known for her "Blessed Assurance", "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour" and many more
  • David Van Cortlandt Crosby (b. 1941), American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, founding member of the bands: The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash, twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Floyd Delafield Crosby A.S.C. (1899-1985), Academy award-winning American cinematographer, father of the guitari St David Crosby
  • Floyd Delafield Crosby Jr. (b. 1937), American musician, singer, songwriter and environmentalist, older brother of David Crosby
  • Mason Walker Crosby (b. 1984), American NFL football placekicker for the Green Bay Packers
  • Cathy Lee Crosby (b. 1944), American actress, known as the co-host of the television series That's Incredible!
  • Gary Evan Crosby (1933-1995), American singer and actor, son of Bing Crosby



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Timothy Crosby, Jr. by Paul Wesley Prindle.
  • Crosby, a Pictorial History and Genealogy by Samuel N. Crosby.


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