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Crouch is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Crouch family once lived near a crossroads. The name is derived from the Old English word crouch, and/or cruc.

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The surname Crouch was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crouch family name include Crouch, Crooch, Croucher, Croutch, Crowch, Crowcher, Crouche and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crouch research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1607, 1679, 1660 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Crouch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crouch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Crouch surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Crouch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard, Nicholas, Richard, and Thomas Crouch who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Crouch, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Wm Crouch, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Nicholas Crouch, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • George Crouch, who landed in Maryland in 1640


Crouch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Crouch settled in Maryland in 1760

Crouch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Sarni Crouch, who landed in America in 1823
  • Levi Crouch, who arrived in New York in 1842

Crouch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joshua Crouch and his wife arrived in Port Adelaide aboard the ship "Apolline" in 1840
  • Stephen Crouch and his wife Charlotte arrived in Port Adelaide aboard the ship "Apolline" in 1840
  • Joshua Crouch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Apolline" in 1840
  • Stephen Crouch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Apolline" in 1840


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  • Leonard Callender Crouch (1866-1953), American lawyer and politician
  • Eric Eugene Crouch (b. 1978), American NFL quarterback
  • Wilmer Elmer "Bill" Crouch (1907-1980), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William Henry "Bill" Crouch (1886-1945), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dennis David Crouch (b. 1975), American patent attorney and associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia, Missouri
  • Roger Keith Crouch (b. 1940), American scientist who flew as a payload specialist on two NASA Space Shuttle missions in 1997
  • Paul Crouch (b. 1934), founder of the largest Christian Television Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network
  • Peter James Crouch (b. 1981), English footballer
  • Anna Maria Crouch (1763-1805), 18th Century actress in London and mistress of King George IV
  • Frederick Nicholls Crouch (1808-1896), English composer and cellist

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  • Family Ties of Broyles and Related Families (including the Crouch Family) by Mr. and Mrs. John A. Broyles.
  • Saints and Black Sheep by Kenneth Crouch.
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  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Crouch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crouch 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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