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

The ancestors of the Cromy name date back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. Cromy was a name for someone who lived in the place Crombie, in the parish of Aucterless in the shire of Aberdeen.The place-name Crombie was originally derived from the Gaelic term "crom," which means "crooked."

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Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Cromy has been spelled Crombie, Cromby, Crommie, Crommy, Cromy, Cromie, Crumbie, Crummie, Crumby, Croombie, Croommie and many more.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, on the lands of Crummy The land belonged to the Abbey of Culross, which was built on land gifted by Malcolm, 7th Earl of Fife, in 1217, during the reign of Alexander II.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cromy research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1516, 1600, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Cromy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cromy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cromy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cromy or a variant listed above:

Cromy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • David Cromy, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Cromy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Ignacy Cromy, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882

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

This page was last modified on 28 March 2014 at 13:55.

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