Scotland with its rugged terrain and rich ancestry was the beginning of the ancient family tree of the Cranstone 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 Cranstone family lived in Edinburghshire.
Early Origins of the Cranstone family
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 Cranstone family
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Cranstone Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cranston, Cranstoun, Cranstown and others.
Early Notables of the Cranstone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cranstone family to Ireland
Some of the Cranstone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cranstone 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.
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