Crandell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Crandell have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Raghnaill, which means son of Raghnal. Raghnal is a personal name equivalent to Randal or Reginald.

Early Origins of the Crandell family

The surname Crandell was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Crandell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crandell research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1657, 1717 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Crandell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crandell Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Crandell were encountered in the archives: McRannell, McReynolds, Reynolds, Grannell, Magranill, MacGrannell, MacRaghnald, MacRanel, McRanel, MacRannal, MacRannel, MacRanell, MacRanall and many more.

Early Notables of the Crandell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Crandell family

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Crandell: Christopher Reynolds, who came to Virginia in 1622; Nathaniel Reynold, who settled in Salem in 1630; Robert Reynolds, who settled in Salem in 1630 with his wife Mary and his four children.

Contemporary Notables of the name Crandell (post 1700) +

  • Chad Crandell (b. 1975), American soccer midfielder from Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dwight R. "Rocky" Crandell (1923-2009), American volcanologist who correctly predicted that Mount St. Helens would erupt before the end of the 20th century
  • Walter S. Crandell, American banker in Chatham, New York who built Crandell Theatre that opened Christmas Day, 1926, today the oldest theatre in Columbia County
  • Alexandra Crandell (b. 1987), American fashion model and television personality from Sacramento, California
  • Bradshaw Crandell (1896-1966), American artist and illustrator, known as the "artist of the stars", posthumous inductee into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame (2006)
  • Marcus Crandell (b. 1974), American former professional CFL football quarterback, current Offensive Coordinator for the Edmonton Eskimos, the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player (2001)
  • Richard F. Crandell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of White Plains, New York, 1949 [1]
  • Paul M. Crandell (1877-1935), American politician, Mayor of New Rochelle, New York, 1934-35 [1]
  • John L. Crandell, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1912 [1]

Flight TWA 800
  • Ms. Pamela Lee Crandell (1968-1996), aged 28, from Tracy Landing, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA, American teacher flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [2]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from on Facebook
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