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

The name Croley is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the counties of Northumberland, Sussex and Bedfordshire.

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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 Croley were recorded, including 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.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Croley Notables 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 Croley family emigrate to North America: John Crally, who arrived in Maryland in 1664; Ann Crawley, who came to Pennsylvania in 1682; Charles Crawley, who settled in Virginia in 1700; John Crawley who settled in Maryland in 1729.

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