Cramb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Cramb dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. 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.

Early Origins of the Cramb family

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

Early History of the Cramb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cramb research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1275, 1523, and 1610 are included under the topic Early Cramb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cramb 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 Cramb have been found, including Cramp, Cram, Cromp, Crompe, Cramb, Crampe, Crame and many more.

Early Notables of the Cramb family (pre 1700)

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


Australia Cramb migration to Australia +

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

Cramb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Cramb, Scottish convict from Scotland, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [1]

New Zealand Cramb migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cramb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Duncan Cramb, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Cramb (post 1700) +

  • John Cramb, American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 7th District, 1900
  • John Adam Cramb (1862-1913), Scottish historian and fervent patriot
  • Richard Ian Cramb (b. 1963), Scottish former rugby union player
  • Colin Cramb (b. 1974), Scottish former professional footballer and coach


The Cramb 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.


  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849


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