Crabbetree History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Crabbetree is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the county of Yorkshire. Their name, however, indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent crabtree. 
Early Origins of the Crabbetree family
The surname Crabbetree was first found in Yorkshire where "this is a great Yorkshire surname. It is odd to think that by dwelling beside a particular crab-tree, the descendants of a particular pair should so increase that a perceptibly large number of people in the county of York should now be familiarly known by the name." 
The predominance of the name in Yorkshire is of little doubt. However, not all sources agree. Another source claims: "Crabtree is also a Lancashire name"  and yet another notes that the name was derived from "a location name in Devon." 
Early census records may help in this search. "Depositions from York Castle" noted that John Crabtre and William Crabtree as residing there, but no dates were given. John atte Crabbetrywe was listed in Essex in 1301. 
Early History of the Crabbetree family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crabbetree research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1563, 1667, 1610, 1644, 1639, 1881, 1685, 1968, 1620 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Crabbetree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Crabbetree Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Crabbetree has been spelled many different ways, including Crabtree, Crabbtree, Craybtree, Crabbetree and many more.
Early Notables of the Crabbetree family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Crabtree (1610-1644), English astronomer, mathematician, one of only two people to observe the first recorded transit of Venus in 1639. Born in the hamlet of Broughton Spout, Lancashire, he was also a mathematician and merchant. He is celebrated in one of the Manchester Murals in the Great Hall of Manchester Town Hall, painted by Ford Madox Brown in 1881.
Henry Crabtree or Krabtree ( fl. 1685), was an English "astrologer, would scarcely deserve mention here but for the fact that he has sometimes...
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Migration of the Crabbetree family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Crabbetrees to arrive in North America: Edward Crabtree who was farming in Virginia in 1635.
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