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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Crichton were thought to have lived among the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland. They lived near a border. This surname came from the Gaelic word crioch and the Old English word tune, which mean border and farm or settlement, respectively. Thus, the surname indicates that the original bearer lived near a border. The name may also have derived from a place name, such as Crichton, near Edinburgh, or the territories of Kreiton in Lothian.

Crichton Early Origins



The surname Crichton was first found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Crichton Spelling Variations


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Crichton Spelling Variations



Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Crichton has appeared under the variations Crichton, Creighton, Creaton, Craighton, Creton, Creeton, Crichten, Crighton, Chreichton, Creichtone, Creychton, Creychtoun and many more.

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Crichton Early History


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Crichton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crichton research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1128, 1296, 1450, 1585, 1543, 1612, 1593, 1672, 1598, 1691, 1560, 1582, 1902, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Crichton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crichton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crichton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Lord Crichton, Viscount Frendraught; William Crichton, 1st Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (died 1450s) ; Robert Crichton (died 1585), Catholic cleric, nephew of George Crichton, (d. 1543), Bishop of Dunkeld; and Robert Crichton, 6th Lord Sanquhar (died 1612); Robert Creighton or Crichton (1593-1672), a...

Another 88 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Crichton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crichton In Ireland


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Crichton In Ireland



Some of the Crichton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Crichton were among those contributors:

Crichton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Crichton, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • John Crichton who settled in New Jersey in 1686

Crichton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Crichton, aged 28, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Crichton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Crichton, who landed in New York in 1810
  • James Crichton settled in New York in 1820
  • Robert Crichton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Alexander William Crichton, who landed in Florida in 1854

Crichton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Crichton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • John Crichton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Alexander Crichton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crichton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crichton (post 1700)



  • John Michael Crichton (1942-2008), American best-selling author, physician, producer, director and screenwriter
  • Judy Crichton (1929-2007), born Judith Feiner, an American Primetime Emmy Award winning television news and executive producer of the PBS series "American Experience" from 1988 to 1996
  • John Alston "Jack" Crichton (1916-2007), American oil and natural gas industrialist
  • John Michael Crichton (1942-2008), American author, film producer, film director, and television producer
  • Andrew Crichton (1790-1855), Scottish biographer and historian
  • Jesse Crichton (b. 1991), Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Football Club (2010-2013)
  • Charles William Harry Crichton (1872-1958), British gold medalist sailor at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • John Henry George Crichton (1907-1940), 5th Earl Erne, Irish peer, soldier and politician
  • John Henry Crichton KP, PC (1839-1914), 4th Earl Erne, Irish peer and Conservative politician, High Sheriff of Donegal for 1867
  • John Crichton KP (1802-1885), 3rd Earl Erne, Irish peer and politician
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Crichton Historic Events


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Crichton Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Mabel Crichton, American 1st Class Passenger residing in London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    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. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

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