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The lineage of the name Cranford begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the parish of Cranfield, in the county of Bedford.

Cranford Early Origins



The surname Cranford was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cranford Spelling Variations


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Cranford Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cranford has undergone many spelling variations, including Cranfield, Cranefield and others.

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Cranford Early History


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Cranford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cranford research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1675, 1575, 1645, 1621, 1592, 1657, 1621, 1651, 1625, 1674, 1680, 1696, 1682 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Cranford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cranford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cranford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex (1575-1645), English merchant and nobleman, Lord High Treasurer in 1621; James Cranford (c.1592-1657), an English Presbyterian clergyman, active as a licenser of theological publications under the Commonwealth...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cranford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cranford were among those contributors:

Cranford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cranford, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • James Cranford, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cranford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cranford (post 1700)



  • Clarence Cranford (1906-2003), American Baptist pastor, church leader, and author
  • Bob Cranford, American vocalist and harmonica player
  • Ronald Eugene Cranford (1941-2006), American neurologist and expert on comas and unconsciousness
  • Michael Cranford, former American game programmer and software engineer
  • John Walter Cranford (1862-1899), U.S. Representative from Texas
  • Roland Cranford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1936
  • L. B. Cranford, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 3rd District, 1922
  • John Walter Cranford (1859-1899), American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State Senate, 1889-94; U.S. Representative from Texas 4th District, 1897-99

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Cranford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cranford 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 13 November 2015 at 09:51.

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