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As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. The Crab history starts with such a migration. As the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames refers either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, physical appearance, habits, or character, among other attributes. Flemish names of this type frequently feature the prefixes lile, which meant the. The surname Crab is a nickname for a cross-grained, ill-tempered, or fractious person. The surname Crab may have been applied as a nickname for some who was crabby. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English word crabba, which means crab, or from the Old English word crabbe, which means wild apple. This latter reference implies that the origin may lie as a habitation name "one who lives near the wild apple trees."

Crab Early Origins



The surname Crab was first found in Cambridge but the Crail variant may have come from much farther north in Fife, Scotland where the former royal burgh so named was derived from the Pictish word "caer" which meant fort. Today Crail is the home to the oldest golf club in the world, instituted in February 1786. One of the most famous early family members was John Crabbe (fl.1305-1352), a Flemish merchant, pirate and soldier. He defended Berwick Castle for the Scots against English forces in 1318, but after being captured by the English in 1332, he then assisted the English when they again besieged at Berwick in 1333.

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Crab Spelling Variations


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Crab Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Crabb, Crabbe, Crab, Crabe and others.

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Crab Early History


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Crab Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crab research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1319, 1332, 1754, 1832, 1945, 1621 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Crab History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crab Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crab Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Crab In Ireland


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Crab In Ireland



Some of the Crab family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 180 words (13 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



Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Crab family to immigrate North America:

Crab Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Martha Crab, who arrived in Maryland in 1648
  • Henry Crab, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Samual Crab, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1694

Crab Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Crab, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Crab Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Crab, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Crab Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Miss Charity Crab U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783, listed as a passenger aboard the ship "Cyrus", picked up on August 21, 1783 at New York, listed as a child but over 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Crab U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783, listed as a passenger aboard the ship "Cyrus", picked up on August 21, 1783 at New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss Elizabeth Crab U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783, listed as a passenger aboard the ship "Cyrus", picked up on August 21, 1783 at New York, listed as a child but over 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Crab U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Crab Jr., U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783, listed as a passenger aboard the ship "Cyrus", picked up on August 21, 1783 at New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crab (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crab (post 1700)



  • Roger Crab (1621-1680), American writer

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Crab Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crab 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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