Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Crichel is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived as dwellers at the crosslea.
The surname Crichel originally derived from the Old English word cruche
which meant cross
Early Origins of the Crichel family
The surname Crichel was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Crichel family
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Crichel Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Crichel has been spelled many different ways, including Critchley, Critchlie, Critchlow, Crichley, Crichlie, Crichly, Critchly, Crichlow, Crichelow, Cricheley, Crichelie, Crichely, Cretchley, Cretchlie, Cretchleigh, Critchleigh, Crichleigh, Cretchlow, Critchloe and many more.
Early Notables of the Crichel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crichel family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Crichels to arrive in North America: William Critchlow, who settled in Barbados in 1680; with his wife, two children, and servants; Henry and Thomas Critchley, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866 and 1875 respectively. In Newfoundland, James Critchley settled in Greenspond in 1841..