Show ContentsCrew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Crew dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived as dwellers at a cattle-pen or cattle-fold. [1]

Early Origins of the Crew family

The surname Crew was first found in Cheshire where the "ancestors of Lord Crewe were Lords of Crewe, co. Chester, 13 Edward I." (during the thirteenth year of King Edward I's reign.) [2]

Today, Crewe is a township, in the parish of Barthomley, union and hundred of Nantwich in Cheshire. "It has been the inheritance of the Crewe family from a very early period. The Hall, the seat of Lord Crewe, exhibits a good specimen of the more enriched style of architecture which prevailed in the early part of the 17th century: it was begun in 1615, and completed in 1636, and the ceilings and wainscots of many of the rooms, and the principal staircase, retain their original decorations. The gallery, a hundred feet in length, is fitted up as a library, and contains a number of family portraits, and fine pictures: the mansion has also a private chapel, where divine service is performed every Sunday morning, and where is a large painting of the Last Supper, with two beautiful specimens of ancient stained glass. " [3]

Looking back further researchers found the name actually dates back to Norman times as "Crewe was in the barony of Malbanc, and was possessed c. 1150 by Henry de Criwa, who attested a charter of Hugh Malbanc. Sire Thomas de Crue was living after 1241. Hence the Lords Crewe of Stene, maternally represented by the Lords Crewe." [4]

Early History of the Crew family

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Crew Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Crew have been found, including Crewe, Crew, Croux, Crewes, Creuse and others.

Early Notables of the Crew family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Randulphe or Randolph Crew or Crewe (1558-1646), English judge, second son of John Crew of Nantwich, who is said to have been a tanner; Sir Thomas Crewe (or Crew) (1565-1634), of Stene in Northamptonshire, an English Member of Parliament and lawyer, Speaker of the...
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Crew Ranking

In the United States, the name Crew is the 8,148th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Crew migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Crew, or a variant listed above:

Crew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Crew, who landed in Virginia in 1620 aboard the ship "London Merchant" [6]
  • Randall Crew, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 aboard the ship "Charles" [6]
  • Robert Crew, aged 23, who landed in Virginia in 1623 aboard the ship "Marmaduke" [6]
  • Joshua Crew, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [6]
  • John Crew, who arrived in Virginia in 1640 [6]
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Crew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Simon Crew, aged 34, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [6]
  • Martin Crew, who settled in Maryland in 1774 with his wife Mary
Crew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Crew, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Charles Crew, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [6]
  • Mr. Richard Crew, (b. 1849), aged 41, Cornish clergy departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Etruria" arriving in the United States on 16 June 1890 [7]

Australia Crew migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Crew, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. William Crew, (b. 1805), aged 29, English dealer who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years for receiving stolen goods, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. George Crew, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. James Crew, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 30th September 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [11]
  • Susannah Crew, aged 25, a cook, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Mallard" [12]

West Indies Crew migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [13]
Crew Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Marie Crew, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 aboard the ship "Falcon" [6]
  • William Crew, who settled in Barbados in 1660

Contemporary Notables of the name Crew (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Nathan Crew O.B.E., British Lieutenant Colonel for the Royal Logistic Corps, recipient of Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [14]
  • Mrs. James Crew Reynolds, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Wyoming, 1940 [15]

The Crew Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sequor nec inferior
Motto Translation: I follow, but am not inferior.

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  14. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  15. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook