The name Cranch is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Crank in northern Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Cranch family
The surname Cranch was 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.
Early History of the Cranch family
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Cranch Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cranch are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cranch include: Crank, Cranc, Cranke, Cranch and others.
Early Notables of the Cranch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cranch family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cranch or a variant listed above:
Cranch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Richard Cranch, who arrived in New England in 1746 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Cranch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Cranch, who settled in New York in 1821
Contemporary Notables of the name Cranch (post 1700)
- Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813-1892), American writer and artist