Show ContentsCragun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Cragun family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found at the crag or crags in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Cragun family

The surname Cragun 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 Cragun family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cragun research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1296, 1657, 1721, 1686, 1721, 1713 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Cragun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cragun Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cragun include Cragg, Crag, Cragge and others.

Early Notables of the Cragun 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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Ireland Migration of the Cragun family to Ireland

Some of the Cragun 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.

Migration of the Cragun family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cragun or a variant listed above: Thomas Cragg, who settled in Virginia in 1637. John Cragg left Barbados for New England on January 31st 1679; Robert Cragg landed in America in 1686; William Cragge settled in Virginia in 1698.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cragun (post 1700) +

  • Willard S. Cragun, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Roy, Utah, 1989 [1]
  • Strange N. Cragun, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1908 [1]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook