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

The Anglo-Saxon name Cross comes from the family having resided as dwellers at a cross or crucifix. The surname Cross originally derived from the Old English word crosse, which means cross.

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Cross has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Cross, Crosse, Croce, Crosce, Croise, Croice and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cross research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1340, 1606, 1683, 1st , 1664, 1738, 1700 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Cross History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cross family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Crosss to arrive on North American shores:

Cross Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Cross, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Robert Cross, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Katherine Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Nich Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Jane Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1649


Cross Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Cha Cross, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Francis Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Richd Cross, who landed in Virginia in 1739
  • Ellioner Cross, who arrived in Virginia in 1743
  • William Cross, who arrived in Georgia in 1743


Cross Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Cross, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • James, Cross Jr., aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
  • Margaret Cross, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Sarah Cross, aged 28, arrived in America in 1822
  • Daniel Cross, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828


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  • Amos C. Cross (1860-1888), American Major League baseball player
  • Christopher Cross (b. 1951), born Christopher Charles Geppert, American five-time Grammy award winner and Golden Globe winning singer-songwriter
  • Dennis Cross (1924-1991), American actor, best known for his role on the television series The Blue Angels
  • William Jarrel "Billy" Cross (1929-2013), nicknamed "Canadian Comet," an American NFL football running back for the Chicago Cardinals and the Toronto Argonauts
  • Albert Francis "A.F." Cross (1863-1940), English poet, playwright, journalist and author
  • Arthur Henry Cross VC, MM (1884-1965), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Ben Cross (b. 1947), English actor, best known for his role in the movie Chariots of Fire (1981)
  • Mr. William Alfred Cross (d. 1912), aged 43, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Charles Frederick Cross (1855-1935), British chemist, recipient of the John Scott Medal in 1985
  • Cory Cross (b. 1971), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey defenceman

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  • A Lineal Genealogy of the Wilson Cross Family and Allied Families by Lillian E. Good.
  • My Cross and Hand Families by Jeanne Hand Henry.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cruce dum spero fido
Motto Translation: Whilst I have breath I confide in the cross.

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Cross Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cross 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 18 July 2014 at 09:34.

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