Crabtrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Crabtrey is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the county of Yorkshire. Their name, however, indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent crabtree. 
Early Origins of the Crabtrey family
The surname Crabtrey 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. 
Important Dates for the Crabtrey family
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Crabtrey Spelling Variations
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 Crabtrey family name include Crabtree, Crabbtree, Craybtree, Crabbetree and many more.
Early Notables of the Crabtrey 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 Crabtrey family
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 Crabtrey surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edward Crabtree who was farming in Virginia in 1635.
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- ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.