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Early Origins of the Crim family

The surname Crim was first found in Kent at Groombridge, a village and chapelry, in the parish of Speldhurst, union of Tonbridge, hundred of Somerden. [1] The earliest record of the place was found in 1239 when it was listed as Gromenebregge. [2]

Literally, the place name means "bridge where young men congregate," from the Middle English word "grome" + the Old English word "brycg." [2]

Groombridge Place is a moated manor house in the village of Groombridge which dates back to 1239 when the Lordship of Groomsbridge was granted. Later in 1560, William Grumbridge held estates near Staplehurst in that county. [3]

Early History of the Crim family

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Crim Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Groombridge, Gumbridge, Grimbridge, Grumebridge, Croombridge, Crombrig, Grombrig, Crombrig, Crumbridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Crim family

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Crim Ranking

In the United States, the name Crim is the 6,877th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]


United States Crim migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crim Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henrk Crim, aged 17, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [5]
  • Johannes Crim, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [5]
  • Johannis Jacob Crim, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [5]
  • Jacob Crim, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [5]
  • Feltic Crim, aged 50, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [5]
Crim Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J J Crim, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Crim (post 1700) +

  • Howell Gardner Crim (1898-1959), American civil servant, 5th Chief Usher of the White House in Washington, D.C., from 1938 to 1957
  • Bobby D. Crim (b. 1931), American former Democratic politician, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, Speaker of the House from 1973 through 1982
  • Mort Crim (b. 1935), American author and former broadcast journalist
  • Charles Robert "Chuck" Crim (b. 1961), former American Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1987 to 1994


  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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