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

The ancestors of the bearers of the Crunk family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the village of Crank in northern Lancashire.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Crunk include Crank, Cranc, Cranke, Cranch and others.

First found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The village of Crank is or was near Rainford where there is also Crank Hall and Crank Farm. This would reasonably be the seat of the family name, although they also seemed to have had interest in northern Lancashire in the Silverdale and Furness areas.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crunk research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1121, 1662, 1692, 1746, 1748, and 1826 are included under the topic Early Crunk History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Crunk or a variant listed above:

Crunk Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Magdaleina Crunk, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1910

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  • Tony Crunk, American poet


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