with its rugged terrain and rich ancestry was the beginning of the ancient family tree of the Cranstom family. In Scotland
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Cranstom family lived in Edinburghshire
Early Origins of the Cranstom family
The surname Cranstom was first found in Edinburghshire
, a former county, now part of the Midlothian
council area where Eric de Cranston witnessed a charter by William the Lion in the 12th century. An Andrew de Cragestone of Edinburghshire
rendered homage to King Edward of England
during his brief conquest of Scotland
in 1296. It is thought that this name was actually Cranestone, as his seal bore the 'Cranstoun' crane. His son, another Andrew was the first recognized Chief of the Cranstouns, in 1338.
Early History of the Cranstom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cranstom research.Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1338, 1423, 1603, 1627, 1648, 1620, 1664, 1625, 1680, 1678, 1680, 1659, 1727, 1689, 1727 and are included under the topic Early Cranstom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cranstom Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Cranstom family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was William Cranstoun, 1st Lord Cranstoun (died 1627), a Scottish Lord of Parliament, known for his work in the pacification of the Anglo-Scottish border; and his son, John Cranstoun, 2nd Lord Cranstoun (died c. 1648), a Scottish Lord of Parliament; and his son, William... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cranstom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cranstom family to Ireland
Some of the Cranstom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cranstom family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bartholomew Cransten who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860; Alexander Cranston settled in Philadelphia in 1839; James Cranston settled in Maryland in 1775.