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The Anglo-Saxon name Crabtree comes from when the family resided 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.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Crabtree has been recorded under many different variations, including 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.

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Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crabtree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Crabtree or a variant listed above:

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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