The ancestors of the name Cranshaw date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Cranshaw (Cronkshaw)
. The name is derived from the Old English "cran(uc)" which means "crane" + "sceaga" which means "grove" or "thicket." CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Another source claims the name literally means "the twisting or winding shaw (wood.)" CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Cranshaw family
The surname Cranshaw was first found in Lancashire
at Cranshaw (Cronkshaw) in the parish of Rochdale or Bury. One of the first records of the name was William de Crounkeshawe who was listed there in 1412. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Cranshaws Castle or Cranshaws Tower is a 15th-century pele near the village of Cranshaws in Berwickshire
. The castle is thought to be the inspiration for "Ravenswood Castle", home of Edgar, the hero of Sir Walter Scott's tragedy the Bride of Lammermoor.
Early History of the Cranshaw family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cranshaw research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1610, 1667, 1612 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Cranshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cranshaw Spelling Variations
Cranshaw has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cranshaw have been found, including Crawshaw, Crawshay, Crawshawe, Cranshaw, Crankshaw and many more.
Early Notables of the Cranshaw family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Crawshaw of Cyfarthfa Castle; Major Joseph Croshaw (1610-1667), son of Captain Raleigh Croshaw, a substantial planter
living near Williamsburg in the US Colony and Dominion of Virginia; and Richard Crashaw (1612-1649)... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cranshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cranshaw family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cranshaws to arrive on North American shores:
Cranshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Cranshaw, who arrived in New York in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Cranshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David Cranshaw, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
Contemporary Notables of the name Cranshaw (post 1700)
- Melbourne Robert "Bob" Cranshaw (1932-2016), American jazz bassist
- Joseph Patrick Cranshaw (1919-2005), American film and television actor