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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Irish

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

The name Crow comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for 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 Crow 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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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Crow has undergone many spelling variations, 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 Crow 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 Crow 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 Crow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Crow 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 the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crow were among those contributors:

  • William Crow who arrived in Plymouth Massachusetts soon after the Mayflower

Crow Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Crow settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Henry Crow, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Mary Crow, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Wm Crow, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Jno Crow, who arrived in Virginia in 1662


Crow Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Carl Crow, aged 44, landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Leonard Crow, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Charles Crow settled in Charles Town South Carolina in 1765
  • James Crow, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Crow Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis Crow, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Jane Crow settled in New York in 1811
  • Jane Crow, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Margaret Crow, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • David Crow, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


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  • Trammell Crow (1915-2009), American real estate developer
  • Ashley Crow (b. 1960), American actress
  • Dan Crow, Emmy award-winning performer of children's songs
  • James C. "Jim" Crow (1789-1846), originally of Inverness, a chemist by profession, who settled in Kentucky with some of the basic distilling secrets he had learned in Scotland and produced some of the finest American bourbon
  • Joe Medicine Crow -High Bird (b. 1913), Crow historian and author, best known for his writings and lectures concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Sheryl Crow (b. 1962), American singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and actress
  • Danny Crow (b. 1986), English professional footballer
  • John William Crow OC (b. 1937), Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1987 to 1994
  • Max Crow (b. 1956), Australian rules football player


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  • Crowe (also Crow) Family History 1700 to 1972 by Marjorie Seward Cleveland.
  • The Fireside Stories of the Jacob Crow Family by James Homer Crow.
  • Some of the Descendants of Revolutionary Veteran, John Crow, 1740-1830 by Howard Crosby Smiley.
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The Crow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crow 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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