Show ContentsCrewdson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Crewdson comes from the baptismal name Cudbert. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Early Origins of the Crewdson family

The surname Crewdson was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

Further to the north in Scotland, Cruden or Invercruden, is "a parish, in the district of Ellon, county of Aberdeen, 7 miles from Peterhead; containing, with the villages of Finnyfold or Whinnie-Fauld, Bullers-Buchan, and the Ward. This place was the scene of a memorable battle fought in the year 1005, upon a plain near the bay of Ardendraught, between Malcolm II. and the Danes under Canute, in which the latter, who had a castle in the neighbourhood, were totally defeated. " [1]

Early History of the Crewdson family

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Crewdson Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Crewdson were recorded, including Crewdson, Crowdson, Croudson, Cruden and others.

Early Notables of the Crewdson family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Ricardus Crudde, a prominent landholder in 14th century Yorkshire. Alexander Cruden (1699-1770), was a Scottish author of an early concordance to the Bible, a proofreader and publisher, and self-styled Corrector of the nation's morals. [2] He was the "second son of William Cruden, a merchant in Aberdeen, one of the...
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Migration of the Crewdson family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Crewdson family emigrate to North America: Robert Crowdson who arrived in Virginia in 1699.

Contemporary Notables of the name Crewdson (post 1700) +

  • John M Crewdson, American recipient of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
  • Gregory Crewdson (b. 1962), American photographer
  • Jane Crewdson (1808-1863), English poetess, born at Perran-Arworthal, Cornwall
  • Isaac Crewdson (1780-1844), English author of ‘A Beacon to the Society of Friends,’ a native of Kendal, Westmorland, England

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook