The founding heritage of the Crieur family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Crieur comes from when one of the family worked as a town crier, or for an officer of a court who made public announcements. These offices were important in the Middle Ages, since the majority of the population were illiterate; thus information could only be spread among the common people through verbal means. The surname Crieur is derived from the Old English word criere,
which in turn came from the Old French word criere,
which was the nominative case of the word crieur,
which means crier.
Early Origins of the Crieur family
The surname Crieur was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Crieur family
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Crieur 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. Crieur has been spelled many different ways, including Cryer, Cryour, Crier, Criur, Crieur, Crioure and others.
Early Notables of the Crieur family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crieur 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 Crieurs to arrive in North America: William Cryer who arrived in Maryland in 1722 and Jane Cryer in America in 1755.