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Crews is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived as dwellers at a cattle-pen or cattle-fold.


The surname Crews was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Crews family name include Crewe, Crew, Croux, Crewes, Creuse and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crews research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1565, 1634, 1623, 1625, 1598, 1679, 1624, 1697, 1656, 1633, 1721, 1671, 1674, 1674 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Crews History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notables of this surname at this time include Lord Crewe of Stene; Sir Thomas Crewe (or Crew) (1565-1634), of Stene in Northamptonshire, an English Member of Parliament and lawyer, Speaker of the House of Commons from 1623 to 1625; John Crew, 1st Baron...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crews Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Crews surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Crews Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Crews, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Mary Crews, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • James Crews, who arrived in Virginia in 1677

Crews Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Crews, aged 50, arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Juan Bautista Crews, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860

  • David William Crews (1933-2015), American lawyer and politician, Member of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Tyrone Crews (b. 1956), American former linebacker in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions (1981-1987)
  • Judson Crews (1917-2010), American poet, bookseller and small press publisher
  • Kambri Crews, American comedic storyteller
  • Charles Constantine "C.C." Crews (1829-1887), American attorney, physician, railroad executive and Confederate Colonel in the American Civil War who lead his eponymous Crews' Brigade
  • Laura Hope Crews (1879-1942), American stage and silent film actress
  • Jim Crews (b. 1954), American head men's basketball coach for Saint Louis University
  • Frederick Campbell Crews (b. 1933), American essayist, literary critic, author, and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California
  • Terry Alan Crews (b. 1968), American actor and former American football player
  • Stanley Timothy Crews (1961-1993), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1987 to 1992
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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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    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Crews Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Crews 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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