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

The name Crisp was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Old English given name Crispin, which derives from a Latin nickname which means curly-haired. Much of the popularity of the name in the early Middle Ages is a result of the popularity of St. Crispin, who was martyred at Soissons in 285 AD


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crisp family name include Crisp, Cripps, Crispin, Crispe, Crisppin, Crispp and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they had been granted the lands of Cowley by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crisp research. Another 253 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1273, 111., 1749, 1625, 1600, 1643, 1st , 1599, 1666 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Crisp History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crisp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Crisp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Crisp family to immigrate North America:

Crisp Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Crisp, who arrived at Waterdown, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Benjamin Crisp, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Francis Crisp, a servant sent to Virginia in 1659
  • Anth Crisp, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Christopher Crisp, who arrived in Virginia in 1677

Crisp Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Crisp, who arrived in Rappahannock, VA in 1727

Crisp Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Downing Crisp, who came to Galveston, TX in 1836
  • George Crisp, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1855


  • Charles Frederick Crisp (1845-1896), American Democratic politician, Representative from Georgia (1883-1896) and Speaker of the House (1891-1895)
  • Covelli Loyce "Coco" Crisp (b. 1979), American Major League baseball center fielder
  • Frank Crisp (1843-1919), English lawyer and microscopist
  • George William "Donald" Crisp (1882-1974), English Academy Award winning film actor for his supporting role in How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  • Quentin Crisp (1908-1999), born Denis Charles Pratt, an English writer and raconteur
  • Mr. Albert Hector Crisp (d. 1912), aged 35, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Bob Crisp (1911-1994), South African cricketer
  • Ruth Crisp (d. 1960), New Zealand poet, philanthropist
  • Terry Crisp (b. 1943), Canadian NHL ice hockey center, member of two Stanley Cup championship teams
  • Thomas Crisp (1876-1917), recipient of the Victoria Cross



  • Ancestors and Descendants of James Milton Crisp (1834-1925) and Wife, Sarah Catherine (James) Crisp (1841-1911).

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