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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 Crabb 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 Crabb is a nickname for a cross-grained, ill-tempered, or fractious person. The surname Crabb 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."

Crabb Early Origins



The surname Crabb 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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Crabb Spelling Variations


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Crabb 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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Crabb Early History


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Crabb Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crabb 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 Crabb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crabb Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crabb Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Crabb In Ireland


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Crabb In Ireland



Some of the Crabb 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 Crabb family to immigrate North America:

Crabb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Crabb who settled in Boston in 1630
  • John Crabb, who arrived in New England in 1630
  • John Crabb, who settled in Dorchester in 1630 who arrived on the sailing ship "Mary and John". He moved to Connecticut in 1632
  • Jon Crabb, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Crabb was a representative in 1639 from Wethersfield, Massachusetts
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Crabb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Crabb, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Crabb, who arrived in Virginia in 1703

Crabb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Crabb, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1852
  • H A Crabb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Crabb Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Hendry Crabb, who came to Kansas in 1920

Crabb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Crabb Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada 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 Crabb U.E. who settled in Canada 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

Crabb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Crabb, a cabinet-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Crabb, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington"
  • John Crabb, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

Crabb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Eli Crabb arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surge" in 1855
  • Maria Crabb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Norah M. Crabb, aged 45, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880
  • John Crabb, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880
  • Ellen Crabb, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crabb (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crabb (post 1700)



  • Major-General Jarred Vincent Crabb (1902-1981), American Chief of Staff of the Air Defense Command, Ent AFB, Colorado (1958-1961)
  • Alfred Leland Crabb (1884-1979), American author
  • James Roy Crabb (1890-1940), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Claude Clarence Crabb (b. 1940), American former NFL football defensive back
  • Henry Crabb, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, 1818-27
  • Helen Margaret Crabb (b. 1916), American Democrat politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives from Guthrie County; Elected 1950
  • George Whitfield Crabb (1804-1846), American politician, Member of Alabama State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1838-41
  • Frank A. Crabb, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Iowa State Senate 14th District, 1970
  • Eugene M. Crabb, American politician, Representative from New York 24th District, 1898
  • Buster Crabb, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner, 1994
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Crabb Historic Events


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Crabb Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Joseph Crabb, British from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Henry James Crabb (d. 1912), aged 23, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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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

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Crabb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crabb 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.

This page was last modified on 3 December 2016 at 18:18.

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