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

The name Cranmer is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the region of Cranemere.One of the first record of the name was Nigel de Cranemore who was listed in the in census records of 1235. A few years later Hugh de Cranemere was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum of Hertfordshire in 1275 and almost a century later Thomas de Cranmer was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1373.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cranmer are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cranmer include: Cranmer, Cranmar, Crammer and others.

First found in Nottingham 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 Cranmer research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1489 and 1556 are included under the topic Early Cranmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cranmer or a variant listed above:

Cranmer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Andreas Cranmer, who arrived in South Carolina in 1749
  • John Cranmer, who landed in New York in 1798

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  • Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), English prelate and archbishop of Canterbury
  • Phillip Cranmer, Editorial Musician


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