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Where did the English Crichely family come from? What is the English Crichely family crest and coat of arms? When did the Crichely family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Crichely family history?

The name Crichely has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived as dwellers at the crosslea. The surname Crichely originally derived from the Old English word cruche which meant cross or crucifix.

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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 Crichely have been found, including Critchley, Critchlie, Critchlow, Crichley, Crichlie, Crichly, Critchly, Crichlow, Crichelow, Cricheley, Crichelie, Crichely, Cretchley, Cretchlie, Cretchleigh, Critchleigh, Crichleigh, Cretchlow, Critchloe and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crichely research. Another 318 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1200, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Crichely History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Crichely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Crichely, or a variant listed above: 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..

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The Crichely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crichely 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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