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

The name Crowper is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a mower, or field laborer. The surname Crowper was originally derived from the Old English word cropp, which means cut, which was quite common in Lancashire.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Crowper include Cropper, Crowper, Crapper and others.

First found in Lancashire 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 Crowper research. Another 234 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crowper History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crowper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Gilbert Cropper, who came to Maryland in 1668; John Cropper, who arrived in Maryland in 1680; William Cropper, a bonded passenger, who came to Maryland in 1722.

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