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

Many variations of the name Crandall have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Raghnaill, which means son of Raghnal. Raghnal is a personal name equivalent to Randal or Reginald.


Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Crandall dating from that time include McRannell, McReynolds, Reynolds, Grannell, Magranill, MacGrannell, MacRaghnald, MacRanel, McRanel, MacRannal, MacRannel, MacRanell, MacRanall and many more.

First found in county Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crandall research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1657, 1717 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Crandall History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crandall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Crandall or a variant listed above, including:

Crandall Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Crandall (1618-1676), English settler to America arriving c. 1637, Commisioner of Rhode Island (1662-1663)
  • Edward Crandall, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Crandall, who landed in New Jersey in 1681

Crandall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Crandall, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • G Crandall, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J W Crandall, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856
  • Constance Crandall, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Crandall Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Allen B Crandall, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Arthur Crandall, aged 45, who settled in America from Kingston, in 1906
  • Chas F Crandall, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Edwards Crandall, aged 14, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Daisy R. Crandall, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1910


  • Bruce P. Crandall (b. 1933), retired U.S. Army helicopter pilot, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
  • Charles Henry Crandall (1858-1923), American author and poet
  • Charles Martin Crandall (1833-1905), American inventor and toymaker
  • Delmar Wesley "Del" Crandall (b. 1930), retired American Major League Baseball player
  • James Otis Crandall (1887-1951), American baseball player who played for the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Jesse Armour Crandall (1834-1920), American inventor and toymaker who held over 150 patents on toys
  • Lucien Stephen Crandall (1844-1889), American inventor of typewriters, adding machines and electrical devices and held a patent for a typewriter for blind users and in 1879
  • Orson Leon Crandall (1903-1960), American U.S. Navy master diver and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
  • Reed Crandall (1917-1982), American illustrator of comic books and magazines
  • Richard Crandall, American computer scientist and physicist



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