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

The lineage of the name Crankshaw begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the village of Cronkshaw in the county of Lancashire.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Crankshaw has undergone many spelling variations, including Crawshaw, Crawshay, Crawshawe, Cranshaw, Crankshaw and many more.

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 Crankshaw research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1610, 1667, 1612 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Crankshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 135 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crankshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crankshaw were among those contributors: Joseph Crawsha who arrived in New York in 1822; James, Titus, and William Crawshaw, settled in Philadelphia in the 1860's; William Crawshaw settled in Virginia in 1624.

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  • Revien Crankshaw, stuntman
  • Maurice Crankshaw, Cameraman
  • Edward Crankshaw, Author & Correspondent on Soviet Affairs


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  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Crankshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crankshaw 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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