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

Early Origins of the Cranstume family


The surname Cranstume 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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Early History of the Cranstume family

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Early History of the Cranstume family


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

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Cranstume Spelling Variations

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Cranstume Spelling Variations


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

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Early Notables of the Cranstume family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Cranstume 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...
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Migration of the Cranstume family to Ireland

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Migration of the Cranstume family to Ireland


Some of the Cranstume family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cranstume family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Cranstume 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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