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Scotland with its rugged terrain and rich ancestry was the beginning of the ancient family tree of the Cranston 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 Cranston family lived in Edinburghshire.

Cranston Early Origins



The surname Cranston 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.

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Cranston Spelling Variations


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Cranston Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Cranston, Cranstoun, Cranstown and others.

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Cranston Early History


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Cranston Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cranston 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 Cranston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cranston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cranston Early Notables (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 Cranston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cranston In Ireland


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Cranston In Ireland



Some of the Cranston 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cranston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cranston, who arrived in America in 1680
  • Samuel Cranston, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1698

Cranston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Cranston settled in Maryland in 1775

Cranston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Cranston settled in Philadelphia in 1839
  • William Cranston, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • James Cranston, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • Mary Cranston, aged 7, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Million Cranston, aged 2, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cranston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Cranston, English convict from Northumberland, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • James Cranston arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851

Cranston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Cranston, aged 28, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cranston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cranston (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Joseph Alfred Cranston (1898-1973), American Assistant Commanding General 2nd Division (1946-1947)
  • Thomas Cranston, American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1748-49, 1750-57, 1760-62
  • Royal Cranston, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 21st District, 1893-94
  • Robert Bennie Cranston (1791-1873), American Republican politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1846-47; Mayor of Newport, Rhode Island, 1853; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1864
  • R. F. Cranston, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 43rd District, 1911-12
  • John Cranston, American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Deputies, 1716
  • Henry Young Cranston (1789-1864), American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1835, 1839-41, 1854, 1855; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1843-47
  • Earl M. Cranston, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Colorado, 1901-08
  • Alan MacGregor Cranston (1914-2000), American Democrat politician, California State Controller, 1959-67; U.S. Senator from California, 1969-93; Candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1984
  • Bryan Cranston (b. 1956), American Emmy award winning actor, voice actor, writer and director
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cranston Historic Events


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Cranston Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Aylmer N J Cranston (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Ewshott, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Cranston, English Night Watchman from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Cranston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cranston 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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