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The roots of the name Crosby are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Crosby was originally found in Wigtown and Dumfriesshire. The place-name Crosby is derived from the Old Norse words kross and byr, which mean cross and farm.

Crosby Early Origins



The surname Crosby was first found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Crosby Spelling Variations


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Crosby Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Crosby has appeared as Crosby, Crosseby, Crosbie, Crossby, Corsby and many more.

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Crosby Early History


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Crosby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crosby research. Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1180, 1189, 1215, 1289, 1296, 1347, 1440, 1593, 1546 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Crosby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crosby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crosby Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Crosby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crosby In Ireland


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Crosby In Ireland



Some of the Crosby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Crosby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Simon Crosby came in the "Susan and Ellen" sailing ship in 1635 and settled in Braintree, he became a freeman in 1636. His son, also named Simon, became the first innholder in Billerica
  • Marmaduke Crosby, aged 28, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Simon Crosby, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Symon Crosby, aged 26, landed in America in 1635
  • Tho Crosby, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crosby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joshua Crosby, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Thomas Crosby, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Patrick Crosby, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1775

Crosby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Crosby, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Neal Crosby, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Mathew Crosby, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Mr. Crosby, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Peter Crosby, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crosby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Abigal Crosby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Barnett Crosby, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Josiah Crosby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Crosby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Crosby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Wintrope Crosby, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Israel Crosby, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Chancy Crosby, who landed in Canada in 1834

Crosby Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • B Crosby, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. Crosby, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. R Crosby, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • William Crosby, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • O Crosby, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Crosby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
  • Daniel Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
  • Charles Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
  • M.H. Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849
  • Michael Crosby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crosby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Crosby landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Robert Crosby arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • George Crosby, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crosby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crosby (post 1700)



  • LaVon K. Crosby (1924-2016), American politician, member of the Nebraska Senate (1989–2000)
  • B.J. Crosby (1952-2015), born Joanne Crayton, an American Tony Award nominated jazz vocalist, singer, and actress, best known for her performance in the musical, Smokey Joe's Cafe
  • Robert Edward Crosby (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball infielder, Rookie of the Year in 2004
  • Percy Leo Crosby (1891-1964), American author, illustrator and cartoonist best known for his popular comic strip Skippy
  • Kathryn Crosby (b. 1933), born Olive Kathryn Grandstaff, an American actress and singer, wife of Bing Crosby
  • Denise Michelle Crosby (b. 1957), American actress, best known for portraying Security Chief Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation, granddaughter of Bing Crosby
  • Mary Frances Crosby (b. 1959), American actress, best known for her role as Kristin Shepard in the television series Dallas (1979–1981), daughter of Bing Crosby
  • George Robert "Bob" Crosby (1913-1993), American Swing music singer and Dixieland bandleader, father of Bing Crosby
  • Caresse Crosby (1891-1970), born Mary Phelps Jacob, an American patron of the arts, poet, publisher, and peace activist, the age of 19, she invented the first modern brassiere
  • John Schuyler Crosby (1839-1914), American military officer, United States Consul in Florence, Italy, and 5th Governor of Montana Territory (1883-1884)
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Crosby Historic Events


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Crosby Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. George  Crosby (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Percy  Crosby (1899-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edwin Crosby, British Petty Officer Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Ellen Crosby, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Miss Annie Crosby, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. J. Bertram Crosby (d. 1912), aged 42, English Turkish Bath Attendant from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Crosby, (née Halstead), aged 64, American First Class passenger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
  • Captain Edward Crosby (d. 1912), aged 70, American First Class passenger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Miss Harriette Rebecca Crosby, aged 39, American First Class passenger from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7

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Suggested Readings for the name Crosby


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Suggested Readings for the name Crosby



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Timothy Crosby, Jr. by Paul Wesley Prindle.
  • Crosby, a Pictorial History and Genealogy by Samuel N. Crosby.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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