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

The Crenshaw name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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 Crenshaw 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 Crenshaw research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1610, 1667, 1612 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Crenshaw 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 Crenshaw 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 Crenshaw were among those contributors:

Crenshaw Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs L. Crenshaw, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Nannie Crenshaw, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • John Crenshaw, aged 21, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ellen Crenshaw, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Caroline Crenshaw, who emigrated to America, in 1910


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  • Ben Daniel Crenshaw (b. 1952), American professional golfer, winner of the Masters Tournament in 1984 and 1995
  • Willis Crenshaw (b. 1941), American National Football League running back
  • Marshall Crenshaw (b. 1953), American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Ander Crenshaw (b. 1944), the U.S. Representative for Florida
  • John Hart Crenshaw (1797-1871), American landowner, salt maker, and slave trader
  • Anderson Crenshaw (1783-1847), American jurist
  • Roberta P. Crenshaw (1914-2005), Austin-area philanthropist and civic pioneer
  • Leon Crenshaw (b. 1943), American former defensive tackle in the National Football League
  • Steve Crenshaw (b. 1971), American blues guitarist


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  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Crenshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crenshaw 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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