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Where did the English Crews family come from? What is the English Crews family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crews family history?

Crews is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived as dwellers at a cattle-pen or cattle-fold.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crews family name include Crewe, Crew, Croux, Crewes, Creuse and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crews research. Another 347 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1565, 1634, 1623, 1625, 1598, 1679, 1624, 1697, 1656, 1633, 1721, 1671, 1674, 1674 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Crews History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 153 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crews Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Crews surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Crews Settlers in the 17th Century


  • James Crews, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Mary Crews, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Jas Crews, who arrived in Virginia in 1677

Crews Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Henry Crews, aged 50, arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Juan Bautista Crews, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860

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  • Harry Eugene Crews, American novelist and journalist
  • Staff Sergeant John R Crews, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Albert H. Crews, retired colonel in the United States Air Force and a former USAF astronaut
  • Andrew Crews, professional Australian footballer
  • Bill Crews, former mayor of Melbourne, Iowa, USA
  • Donald Crews, American writer and illustrator of several well-known children's picture books
  • Harry Crews, American novelist, short story writer and essayist


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sequor nec inferior
Motto Translation: I follow, but am not inferior.

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