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

The ancestors of the Crumley surname are thought to have lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name Crumley was given to 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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The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Crumley has appeared as 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 Crumley research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1516, 1600, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Crumley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Crumley 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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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Crumley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Eleanor Crumley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • James Crumley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1861

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  • James Arthur Crumley (1939-2008), American author of violent hardboiled crime novels


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