Crag History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestry of the name Crag dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at the crag or crags in the county of Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Crag family
The surname Crag was first found in West Yorkshire at Cragg Vale, a village that dates back to Roman times. The Cragg Vale Coiners were a band of counterfeiters from the area who produced fake gold coins in the late 18th century. The gang was hunted down and one of the was murdered.
Early History of the Crag family
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Crag Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Crag have been found, including Cragg, Crag, Cragge and others.
Early Notables of the Crag family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Robert Cragg of Lancashire; James Craggs the Elder (1657-1721), an English politician, Postmaster-General, the eldest son of Anthony Craggs of Holbeck...
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Migration of the Crag family to Ireland
Some of the Crag family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Crag migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Crag, or a variant listed above:
Crag Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John and Susannah Crag, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1651
- John Crag, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1652 
Crag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Crag, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)