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

Croes is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who bore some fancied resemblance to a crow. This may have been based on appearance, but nicknames often described more intangible strong traits or features of animals. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas were common; people attributed human qualities and form to animals, based on the creature's habits. The surname Croes is derived from the Old English word crowe, which in turn came from the Old English words crawe or crawa, which mean crow.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Croes were recorded, including Crow, Crowe and others.

First found in Norfolk and Suffolk in eastern England where they held a family seat from very ancient times before 1100 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Croes research. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1781, 1616, 1675, 1611, 1683, 1627, 1630, 1641, 1646, 1669, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Croes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Croes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Croes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Croes family emigrate to North America:

Croes Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Anna Theunis Croes, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1660
  • Michael Croes, who landed in America in 1660

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