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Old French personal name Crispin, Latin "Crispinus," a family name derived from "crispus" meaning "curly-haired" (see Crisp). This name was especially popular in France in the early Middle Ages, having been borne by a saint who was martyred at Soissons in AD c. 285 along with a companion, Crispinianus (whose name is a further derivative of the same word).

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Crispin, Crespin, Crisp, Crespigny, Crespine and others.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Calvados and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. This great family of Normandy were Counts of Vexin, seignior of Neaufles, Livarot and Blangy. His castle was at Livarot about 1015.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crespel research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1074, 1520 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Crespel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crespel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: including many of the name who migrated to the New World from the mid 17th century onward.

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The Crespel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crespel 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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