Crack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crack is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the parish of Crick, in the diocese of Peterborough. This place-name is derived from the Old English word creke, which means a creek.

Early Origins of the Crack family

The surname Crack was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Crack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crack research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Crack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crack Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Crack are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Crack include: Criche, Crich, Crick, Critch, Creyke, Creik, Criek and many more.

Early Notables of the Crack family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Crack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Crack migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crack or a variant listed above:

Crack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Crack, aged 24, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
Crack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert J Crack, who landed in Mississippi in 1884 [1]

Australia Crack migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Crack, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canton


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