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Crank is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Crank in northern Lancashire.

Crank Early Origins



The surname Crank was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The village of Crank is or was near Rainford where there is also Crank Hall and Crank Farm. This would reasonably be the seat of the family name, although they also seemed to have had interest in northern Lancashire in the Silverdale and Furness areas.

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Crank Spelling Variations


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Crank Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crank family name include Crank, Cranc, Cranke, Cranch and others.

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Crank Early History


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Crank Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crank research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1121, 1662, 1692, 1746, 1748, and 1826 are included under the topic Early Crank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crank Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crank Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Crank 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Crank surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Crank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Crank who arrived in Virginia in 1734
  • Edward Crank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crank (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crank (post 1700)



  • William J. "Billy" Crank, American actor
  • Chelsea Yvonne Crank (b. 1987), American actress, known for Rampage
  • Fillmore Pajeau "Paj" Crank III (b. 1981), American actor, older brother of Chelsea Crank
  • James F. Crank, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 2nd District, 1881-83
  • David Crank, American Primetime Emmy Award winning, two-time Art Directors Guild award winning art director, known for his work on There Will Be Blood (2007), Lincoln (2012) and Hannibal (2001)

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Crank Historic Events


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Crank Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Crank, English Baggage Master from Tuebrook, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Crank Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Crank Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crank 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 December 2015 at 08:44.

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