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

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Crawley surname lived in the counties of Northumberland, Sussex and Bedfordshire.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crawley 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. The variations of the name Crawley include: Crawley, Crawly, Craley, Crally and others.

First found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crawley research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1130 is included under the topic Early Crawley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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 Crawley or a variant listed above:

Crawley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Crawley, who landed in Virginia in 1659
  • Richard Crawley, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Ann Crawley, who came to Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Ann Crawley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Anne Crawley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Crawley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Crawley, who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • David Crawley, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • John Crawley who settled in Maryland in 1729
  • Edward Crawley, who settled in Virginia in 1732
  • Matthew Crawley, who settled in Virginia in 1745

Crawley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Crawley, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Patrick Crawley, aged 39, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Phillip Crawley, aged 25, landed in Maine in 1812
  • Lewis Crawley, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Michael Crawley, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


  • Ben Crawley (b. 1971), American soccer player who played from 1990 to 2000, member of the U-16 and U20 National Teams
  • Sylvia Crawley (b. 1972), American basketball player
  • Tyrone Crawley (b. 1958), American professional boxer
  • John Crawley (b. 1962), English cricketer
  • Charles Crawley (1908-1935), English cricketer
  • Ian Crawley (1962-2008), English footballer
  • John Crawley (b. 1971), retired English cricketer who played from 1990 to 2002
  • Samuel Crawley (1790-1852), English Whig and Liberal politician, Member of Parliament for Honiton (1818-1826) and for Bedford (1832-1837) and (1838-1841), High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1817
  • Frank Radford "Budge" Crawley (1911-1987), Canadian Academy Award winning film producer
  • Aidan Crawley MBE (1908-1993), British journalist, television executive and politician, member of the UK House of Commons



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