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

The ancestry of the name Crotchman dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived near a crossroads. During the Middle Ages, such intersections were important as market places and centers of trade. The surname Crotchman is derived from the Old English word cruc, which means cross. The name belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Crotchman have been found, including Crotchman, Crouchman, Crucheman, Crocheman and many more.

First found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crotchman research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1255, 1260, 1273, and 1327 are included under the topic Early Crotchman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Crotchman, or a variant listed above: Nicolas Crochet, who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Yves Crochet, who settled in New Orleans in 1785; Pelagie Benoit Crochet, who arrived in New Orleans in 1785.

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