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The ancestors of the Crabtree surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the county of Yorkshire. Their name, however, indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent crabtree.

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The surname Crabtree was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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 Crabtree include Crabtree, Crabbtree, Craybtree, Crabbetree and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crabtree research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1610, 1644 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Crabtree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include William Crabtree (1610-1644) English astronomer, mathematician, one of only two people to observe the first recorded transit of Venus in 1639. Crabtree & Evelyn is a...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crabtree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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:

Crabtree Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Crabtree who was farming in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward Crabtree, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Crabtree who was working as a carpenter in Boston in 1639
  • John Crabtree, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639

Crabtree Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Crabtree, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Crabtree Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Crabtree, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1812
  • James Crabtree, aged 48, arrived in New York in 1812
  • J A Crabtree, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Benjamin Crabtree who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Samuel Crabtree, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857
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  • Jeff and Stephanie Crabtree, American founders of Crabtree Brewing Company, a regional brewery located in Greeley, Colorado in 2006
  • Jack Crabtree, American football quarterback, the most valuable player of the 1958 Rose Bowl
  • Clyde Crabtree (1905-1994), nicknamed "Cannonball Crabtree," an American college and professional football halfback and quarterback who played in the late 1920s through 1930
  • Michael Alex Crabtree Jr. (b. 1987), American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders
  • Thomas Lewis Crabtree (b. 1985), former American NFL football tight end who played from 2009 to 2014
  • Toni Crabtree, American actress and art director, known for Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988), Blood Stalkers (1978) and Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
  • Ane Crabtree, American two-time Costume Designers Guild Award nominated costume designer for film and television, known for her work on Thick as Thieves (2009), Please Give (2010) and Chapter 27 (2007)
  • Tim Crabtree (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924), American actor and comedian
  • Estel Crabtree (1903-1967), American Major League Baseball player in the 1930s and 1940s
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    Other References

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    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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