The name Crewse is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived as dwellers at a cattle-pen or cattle-fold.
Early Origins of the Crewse family
The surname Crewse was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Crewse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crewse 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 Crewse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Crewse Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Crewse are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Crewse include: Crewe, Crew, Croux, Crewes, Creuse and others.
Early Notables of the Crewse family (pre 1700)
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 Crewse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Crewse family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crewse or a variant listed above: Randall Crew who settled in Virginia in 1621; John Crewe was farming in Virginia in 1642; followed by Thomas Crew in 1652; William Crew settled in Barbados in 1660.
The Crewse 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.