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The origins of the Cram name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Worcester. The surname is derived from the word Crump, which originated as a nickname for a person who was crooked in the physical sense of stooping with age or illness.

Cram Early Origins



The surname Cram was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times.

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Cram Spelling Variations


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Cram Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cram were recorded, including Cramp, Cram, Cromp, Crompe, Cramb, Crampe, Crame and many more.

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Cram Early History


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Cram Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cram research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1275, 1523, and 1610 are included under the topic Early Cram History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cram Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cram Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cram family emigrate to North America:

Cram Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cram, who settled in Exeter in 1639
  • John Cram, who arrived in New England in 1639

Cram Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth and John Cram settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732 and 1753 respectively
  • Elizabeth Cram, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johs Cram, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Cram Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Cram, who landed in New York in 1835
  • D Cram, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G. P. S. Cram settled in San Francisco, California 1851

Cram Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Cram, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cram (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cram (post 1700)



  • Allen Gilbert Cram (1886-1947), American painter
  • Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942), American architect
  • Donald J Cram (1919-2001), American chemist who shared the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Bobby Cram (1939-2007), English professional footballer
  • Steven "Steve" Cram (b. 1960), retired English Olympic silver medalist middle distance runner
  • Alastair Lorimer Cram, Appellate Judge, Supreme Court
  • George F Cram (1842-1928), American map-maker and publisher who founded George F. Cram Company, a leading map firm, first American firm to publish a world atlas

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et amore
Motto Translation: By fidelity and love.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Cram Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cram Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 2 November 2016 at 12:16.

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