Scotland with its rugged terrain and rich ancestry was the beginning of the ancient family tree of the Cranstoun 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 Cranstoun family lived in Edinburghshire.
Early Origins of the Cranstoun 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 Cranstoun family
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Cranstoun Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cranston, Cranstoun, Cranstown and others.
Early Notables of the Cranstoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cranstoun family to Ireland
Some of the Cranstoun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cranstoun family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cranstoun Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Cranstoun (post 1700)
Cranstoun Clan Badge
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More...
Septs of the Distinguished Name Cranstoun
Cranist, Cranston, Cranstone, Cranstoun, Cranystoun, Craynston and more.
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