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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.
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.
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.
Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Cross Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Cross Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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.
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.
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