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Where did the Scottish Crane family come from? What is the Scottish Crane family crest and coat of arms? When did the Crane family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crane family history?

The ancestors of the name Crane lived among the Boernician tribes of the ancient Scottish-English border region. The name derives from a nickname for a person whose was tall, and had long legs. This nickname derived from the Old English words cranuc, and cornuc, which mean crane.


Since medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, and since there were no consistent rules for the translation of rules from Gaelic to English, spelling variations are extremely common in Boernician names of this vintage. Crane has been spelled Crane, Craine, Crain, Cran, Crann, Crayne and others.

First found in Suffolk, England, before the name made its way North to Scotland.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crane research. Another 344 words(25 lines of text) covering the year 1398 is included under the topic Early Crane History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Crane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Crane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 98 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many of the Boernician-Scottish families who crossed the Atlantic settled along the eastern seaboard in communities that would become the backbone of the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. In the War of Independence, American families that remained loyal to the Crown moved north into Canada and became known as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestral culture of all of these proud Scottish families remains alive in North America in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Crane or a variant listed above:

Crane Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Crane, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jasper Crane, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Richard Crane, aged 32, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jasper Crane, a passenger on the "Hector," who settled in the New Haven Colony in 1637
  • Christian Crane, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647

Crane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margt Crane, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Josiah Crane, who landed in New York in 1752
  • Ludwick Crane, who arrived in New York in 1761
  • Matthew Crane, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1797
  • Waterman Crane, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Crane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samson J Crane, who landed in America in 1811
  • Solomon Crane, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • James Crane, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1822
  • Moses Crane, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Martin Crane, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1828

Crane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thos Crane, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mrs. Elisha Crane U.E who settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. John Crane U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783

Crane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Dominick Crane, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1838

Crane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Crane, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845
  • Louisa Crane, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845
  • Daniel Crane, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845
  • Elizabeth Crane, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845
  • Mary Crane, aged 5, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845

Crane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary A. Crane, aged 41, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Michael Crane, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875


  • Commodore William M Crane (1776-1846), American Naval officer, eponym of the USS Crane (DD-109), a Wickes-class destroyer
  • Robert Edward "Bob" Crane (1928-1978), American disc jockey and two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor, best known for his performance as Col. Hogan in the television sitcom "Hogan's Heroes"
  • Randolph Crane (1903-1987), American actor who used the stage name Randolph Scott
  • Harold Hart Crane (1899-1932), American poet
  • Stephen Townley Crane (1871-1900), American novelist and short story writer, best remembered for "The Red Badge of Courage" (1895)
  • Herman Frederick "Fred" Crane (1918-2008), American film and television actor and radio announcer. He is probably best known for his role as Brent Tarleton in the 1939 film, Gone with the Wind
  • Major-General John Alden Crane (1885-1951), American Chief of American Section, Allied Control Commission in Bulgaria (1944-1946)
  • Brigadier-General William Carey Crane (1891-1978), American Commanding General Artillery IV Corps (1944-1945)
  • Robert Kellogg Crane (1919-2010), American biochemist, best known for his discovery of sodium-glucose cotransport, recipient of the Dr. Harold Lamport Award, New York Academy of Sciences, 1977
  • Harold Hart Crane (1899-1932), American poet, best known for his most ambitious work, The Bridge



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The Crane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crane 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.

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